I'm going to begin this post by honoring my sweet angel Rosie, who flew to the Rainbow Bridge six years ago today.
Every year, I ponder what to post in my dear Rosie's honor. She was my best friend, my pride and joy, as well as the main reason I felt compelled to start this blog of ours. A couple years ago, I finally found some words that more or less explain how I want to remember my Rosie every year on the anniversary of her journey to the Rainbow Bridge. So, I'm now going to re-post what I have said over the last couple of years.
Rosie was by my side for 21 years, from the time I was 4 years old until soon after my 26th birthday. She was my companion through nearly every milestone in my life up to that point. This is certainly one major reason why the day I lost her was the worst day of my life thus far.
That all being said, as devastating as it was to lose her, I simply cannot forget the countless beautiful, happy, and funny memories Rosie gifted me. I would never and could never wish those memories away. That's why, when I think of Rosie, I always do all that I can to refrain from feeling sadness. Instead, at the thought of her, I try to go into my reservoir of memories and find ones that bring me joy. And let me tell you, there are many, many, many of those! What's more, I'm certain Rosie would not want the thought of her to bring me sadness.
It's difficult not to feel some semblance of melancholy when thinking of a lost loved one. But, in honor of the companionship, love, and countless memories that she gave me, I always try to remember Rosie with nothing but a smile. After all, for 21 years, she made me smile each and every day. She will always be my ray of sunshine in this world.
I love you, my Rosie, forever and always!
And now we'll get to the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. If you think this sounds like fun, please do join us! My co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two fill-in statements, and I came up with the second two.
1. My day is not complete until I _________.
(Actually, my day isn't complete until I cuddle every furbaby in my immediate family. Since my parents live just down the street from me, I go to their house pretty much every day to see their kitties. I cuddle them, and I cuddle all the kitties and the pup at my house, and only then is my day complete. I've been this way since I was a kid, and I'll never be ashamed to admit the attachment issues I have with the animals in my life.)
(When spring rolled around, I actually felt inspired to do some decluttering and deep cleaning. So, I've been working on that in the evenings after work and on weekends for the past couple of weeks. Sometimes I actually enjoy cleaning. Other times I have to force myself to do it.)
(After much deliberation as a teenager, I went to college for a degree in the field of science, and now I work in the field of science. The older I get, the more I appreciate my creative hobbies, and now I realize how I much I think I'd more so enjoy a creative career. Art and writing are two of my favorite hobbies, and if I could turn one or both of those into a career, I would not complain one bit.)