In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Circle of Five.”
1. A no-complaint person : I would like to spend time with someone who has been stoically strong in times of trouble, to the extent of always praising and having no complaints midst everything. I know a father who has 4 children- 3 of his children had the deadly disease cystic fibrosis- his wife, he and the daughter who was well, spent their entire lives, caring for their sick children(siblings), with no word of complaint. One day the mother died, out of sheer exhaustion and did any of them complain ? No-they managed to celebrate her going. Basically, spend time with a no-complaint person.
2. A person who takes responsibility : I would like to be with someone who can take responsibility for things that happen in his/her life. I have been with too many people who are so willing to palm off responsibilities on others, blaming others if things go wrong and making the world a miserable place.
3. A person who values the love of children, animals and of living beings not -so- high- up in order as adult human beings: Love is important here- someone who can reciprocate love in whatever form it comes to them, and from who ever.
4. A person who has strength of character : It would be great to live and work with people who have the strength and courage to stick up for what they think is right, come what may. They may or may not be able to justify why they are what they are, but they are what they are, and proud of it too and that makes a lot of difference.
5. A person who lives for the day and does not store up too much for tomorrow : I like to be with the easy- going person, with no hang-ups and worries about what will happen tomorrow- for all we know, it may not happen and if it does, it may not be as bad as we think it will be.
There was a 14 year old dog owned by my boss. Recently my boss went on a trip and the dog was boarded along with its companion in a pet home here. When she returned the dogs were both well taken care of. A week later, last Friday, my boss took her to the Emergency Pet care- the vet examined her and told her he would give her some medicines to ease her pain- she had nodules all over ( sounds to me like lymph nodes) and she had been off food for some time and she was not at the door welcoming my boss when she returned home from work. The next day C my boss decided to take her to the vet once more. Her decision was made. She wanted to do what was right by her dog and her constant companion for 14 years. In a matter of 5 minutes, it was over. The veterinary said they would take her of her little body and bury it with dignity. My boss lives alone with her two dogs and now one is gone. I have been struggling with this loss as though it has been my own. I cannot bear to think of an animal die, especially an animal which was her friend through all the troubles she’s gone through in life.
Today in a blog post I read about Jimmy Stewart’s reading a poem in memory of his dog Beau on the Johnny Carson show.
http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/the-dog-poem-that-made-johnny-carson-cry. I have been in tears since.
It is sad that the human life span is at least 3-4 times more than a pet’s life span. In a short time in life, our pets give us so much and leave us with just memories.
It would have been worse, if we died before our pets, because who would take care of our pets should we be gone?
Same as when a mother is diagnosed to have a growth in the brain, what happens to her two daughters ? One is in college and the other is still a school student. She was a former colleague of mine- came to know of this just yesterday. She is undergoing radiation treatment at home. So many thoughts come to my mind when I think of her. For the sake of her family and her girls’, I hope she comes back to work, fully recovered and with her cheerful heart and smile.
The waiting is long. The wait to reach our loved ones who have passed before us- our pets, our grandparents, people we knew in life and people we didn’t know, – who will be waiting for us when we reach there; the wait to know if everything will be alright once more—–.
All we can do in life is wait for our turn.