You made me whole
Bear took the broken pieces of my heart and held them tight till they were healed. He put me back together when all the world seemed determined to break me apart and keep me broken.
For a long time that was all I needed. I healed. I found peace, and joy, in his faithful, unwavering love for me.
You were the next step. You crawled into my lap and put your head on my chest and my frozen heart, that heart that only thawed for Bear, that heart that was so wounded and guarded, opened up. I loved you from that moment. I knew you were mine, and I was yours.
You opened up my world. We went on adventures – okay, so they were only car rides where we got lost and eventually found our way home, but as long as you were in the back seat, it was an adventure. I told you stories, I sang to you – no one else would listen to me sing! I smoothed your fur, I teased out tangles, I cut out mats, even when you didn’t like that much. I know I wasn’t the best mom, but I tried – and I always always loved you.
There was never a night or a day that I didn’t promise you I would never leave you. I kept that one – I was with you until the end.
And every night I told you “tomorrow, and tomorrow, and all the tomorrows……….. until there are no more.” I didn’t want Monday to be the “no more tomorrows.”
Oh, my baby. ………..I don’t know how to be without you any more. People keep telling me to get a puppy. I don’t want a puppy. I want you.