Love. It’s more than just something that brings us together for a wedding, or what keeps things strong in a marriage or a family. Yes, it’s an emotion – and a powerful one, at that – but, like energy, it’s also something in its purest form that cannot be created or destroyed. With the pace we keep in life nowadays, we sometimes don’t have a chance to reflect on this very much until something happens.
Yesterday, I lost one of the best friends I’ve ever had. His name was Harry, and he was a cat. But, to me, he was so much more than this. Adopted when I was going through school, Harry was by my side during undergrad and graduate schools; three different jobs; and more moves than I can count. He was there when I first met my husband and when I married him. He even was there when we bought our first house. When I look back through these times, I realize how much he and I went through together, and how our lives really were intertwined.
I still remember how excited I was when I adopted him one January day at a PetsMart in Cranberry Township, PA. I have Rainbow Animal Refuge in Lyndora, PA to thank for that. Right from the start, I knew he was special. He was one of those blessed beings who brought sunshine wherever he went. When my college roommate was bedridden due to an accident, he constantly was by her side. If I had a bad day, he curled up right next to me and didn’t leave, even if I was grouchy. Always the greeter, Harry was there whenever the door opened to welcome visitors. Everyone whose path he crossed remembered his friendliness, sweet nature, and big heart.
From him, I learned what it means to be brave, and why it’s so important to live fully and be good to others. I learned that you should never quit trying, even if others have given up hope. I learned that you need to stand up for what you feel is right, and that you should take time to enjoy family, friends, and the little things in life. I learned the strength of true friendship and love…and how that remains when everything else goes.
Thank you, Harry, for the last 13 years. I am beyond lucky to have had you in my life. I love you.