We reached a difficult bend in the road for our little family this week. Our lovely old dog had to be put down, which was incredibly sad for all of us. I gave her to Souljourneyboy as a birthday present about 14 years ago, and she has grown up with our family ever since. She lived a good life and we loved her very much – the kids were devastated, and we had a very sad couple of days as we grieved her loss.
As Soul Sister reminded me, though, grieving loss like this is actually one of the good reasons why children should have pets. It’s hard and it’s horrible, but it actually teaches them about grief and loss and how to heal in a healthy way. Very important life lessons.
Happier milestones were reached this week too – for several months, Picasso and Bookworm have been saving up for mountain bikes, and this week they reached their goal amount. We brought them home from the shop and they have been riding every spare minute! Inspired by their efforts (and not to be left out for one second) Little Miss decided she wanted to learn how to ride without training wheels. So within a day she had learned! I love that girl’s determination.
Pain and loss happen, and life moves on. That’s both sad and sweet – but it’s not as though we forget our losses, we just learn to live with them and heal as best we can. And the rest of our journey is somewhat more meaningful because those who we have left behind – whether they be loved pets, friends, or family – have played a significant part in us becoming the people we are today.
Love to all of you who are experiencing some kind of loss on your journey at this time xxx