Feeling better today I decided to treat myself to one of my favorite vegetarian snacks, Garden Salsa Sun Chips.
Unfortunately, Pooka has a weird affinity for these chips.
So tonight my cat and I reenacted the scene from Gladiator where the Spanish Roman character with an Australian accent fights tigers. It was a bloody and drawn-out battle with no clear victor until Pooka cheated and climbed down my shirt.
Now the two of us are sprawled out watching Jimmy Stewart talk to his Pooka in the classic 1950 film, Harvey. Life is good.
I did not attend Amy’s funeral. Since her passing I have waited patiently for the opportunity to visit one of the places special to us and say goodbye in my own way.
Today my father drove me to Assateague National Seashore. It was a special place for Amy as well as myself.
There is a place in Assateauge where a channel feeds the large ponds that are home to countless migratory birds. Amy and I would spend entire days on this spot, Amy saw a kingfisher in the trees overhead one day, and ever since she was determined to get a picture of that bird.
Kingfishers can be wily, and she never got that photograph.
Today I went back to our spot. I finally said my goodbye, told her how much I loved her and dropped my wedding band into the water.
As the ring sank into the water Amy’s kingfisher few out the brush across the channel, gave out a loud cry and flew into the foggy sky.
I took last week off so I could focus on writing, but I got sick on Monday morning – and I have been sick as a dog ever since.
Two trips to the emergency room later I am starting to get my strength back.
Dear Old Dad and I are making a road trip to one of the places Amy and I used to visit. I have been trying to get out with my camera for way too long. I want to see the snow geese while they are sill on the Eastern Shore!
Now I am going to watch a terrible movie with Pooka. My calico companion has been by my side all through my illness, sleeping happily on my pillow.
I am powering down my computer for a few days so that I can catch up on several offline projects.
The Daily Frail will return on 2/4/2019.
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