Monday, October 14, 2013

Remembering Shadow?

Blogging Friends....I do have a Rose story which I've written!! {Plus more to come!! I am currently on a writing frenzy!!} However. Lately, I have been thinking about Shadow, my first girl. I actually like it when this occurs. It means that I will never forget her....   
 
It always touches my deepest, most heartfelt emotions when people {Children especially!!} remember Shadow. She was, after all, a part of my life for ten years and nearly five months before being euthanized. Over one decade. And she was our first Beautifully Unique mutt. My nine-year old neighbor buddy often voluntarily brings Shadow up in conversations. He remembers her well, and asks some deep, deep questions about how she passed away. Which, I answer with sincere honesty, because that is how I am with children. You know what? Sharing how Shadow suffered from repetitive falling spells for five months until one night I could not catch her, and she didn't rebound, never gets easy. Never. But still. It always touches my deepest, most heartfelt emotions when people {Children especially!!} remember Shadow. Well, how about this? What if the child is my nearly two-year old niece, Little Munchkin, who has never even met Shadow? See, we have something that we do together. Little Munchkin runs toward this very desktop computer and asks for Rose. She wants to see digital pictures which I have stored on here. But really? Little Munchkin is a budding pen artist, and loves to sit upon my lap while scribbling in yellow notepads!! She has an impressive photographic memory {At least one of us does!! Curse my premature short-term memory loss!!}, and when we first started looking at pictures, I found Shadow, but swiftly changed to Rose, as Little Munchkin actually knows my Mystery Dog. Fast forward. Yesterday, I was chasing my very outgoing, energetic, busy niece though our house. "I'm following you," I playfully announced. "You have a shadow!!". Then--be still my touched heart!!--Little Munchkin said this. "Shadow?". Next thing I realized, she was standing at this very desktop computer, asking to see digital pictures of my first canine!! Whoa. How do you respond to that? I pulled up some pictures of a "blond"-furred, white-muzzled Shadow from her final year, which was 2010. And, sans any prompting, Little Munchkin pointed to photographs of my first girl. Then, clear as day, she said this, as though they were best friends."Shadow!!". Someday I shall tell Little Munchkin about Shadow. Because after all. She left over ten years' worth of memories....
 

8 comments:

Molly The Wally said...

What a sweet thing to happen and lovely to remember sweet Shadow. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

Raelyn said...

Molly....
"What a sweet thing to happen and lovely to remember sweet Shadow.". I can't but agree!! ;op

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

You must miss her lots. How sweet that your little niece now knows all about Shadow.
Lynne x

Raelyn said...

Lynne....
Thanks for the comment, Friend!!
"You must miss her lots.". I do!! But, I'm also grateful that I have Rose.... ;)
"How sweet that your little niece now knows all about Shadow.". Yeah.... ;op

scotsmad said...

SHE's had lots of dogs....nine of them scotties, and remembers them all. It's amazing how some incident will bring the memories back.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Raelyn said...

Daisy, Bella & Roxy....
Thank-you for the comment, Friends!!
"SHE's had lots of dogs....nine of them scotties, and remembers them all.". Wow. I haven't owned quite that many canines!! Not yet!! ;)
"It's amazing how some incident will bring the memories back.". I can't but agree!! ;op

Ruby said...

that is one of the sweetest stories I have heard in a long time! Made my heart happy!

Raelyn said...

Ruby....
Thank-you for the comment, Friend!!
"That is one of the sweetest stories I have heard in a long time! Made my heart happy!".
Yesterday, we watched her, and when she asked to look at pictures on the computer, I said this. "Shadow or Rose?". And she would make her decision right there!! Then swiftly change it!! ;op