Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Kindness of People

Photo by Viewminder
NOTE:  I published this post on November 5th, but I see that it didn't post for some reason.  My apologies everyone!  


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The decision had been made on Monday.  Our cat Milo would be put to sleep in two days.  I held it together on the ride to the train station, but once the car pulled off, I couldn't stop the tears from rushing forward.

Upon greetings, one of my train companions knew something was wrong.  She hugged me.  Rocked me and allowed me the space to cry.  She talked to me.  Comforted me and made me laugh.  She hadn't even asked what was wrong.  Even though she wasn't really keen on the cat, when I was able to tell her, she was so compassionate and sympathetic.  


I called to talk to one of my colleagues about a project.  Milo's health came up in conversation during the obligatory hellos and how are you's.  She offered to stroll with me during lunch and in that time, she shared her own experience with having to do the same with her 14-year-old dog.  Just hearing her story made me feel a little better.  Others with whom I had shared the news, whether pet people or not, have been nothing but supportive, compassionate… Kind.  People have shown us kindness.

Someone once told me that I am a bedroom crier, as in I am strong for others in the light, but I cry alone in the darkness.  This has been true since forever, but in a moment where the tears just couldn't be contained, I was met with kindness, words of encouragement, a shoulder, support, prayers… Love and positivity.  

My heart is open and overflowing with deep gratitude.  Your presence and kindness have meant so much.

Update
Milo has shown vast improvement since this post was written and the appointment was canceled.  May my Handsome Man continue to get stronger and live a long and happy life.  :-)

Update: November 19, 2014
It is with great sadness that our Milo passed away yesterday morning.  Our Handsome Man came to live with us in June and provided us with so much joy in the short time that he was here.  He will always be in our hearts.

Thank you all again for your kindness, support, and prayers.  Peace and blessings all.

Photo credit lurve: Photo by Viewminder

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