Learning how to say goodbye is never easy…

It’s been a while since my last post! Quick writing update:  I’ve been editing my novel with my agent, and he is working his contacts now, hoping to find some interest out there.  Then the rejections can roll in…!  Trying to get further in my sequel (yes it’s a mystery series), and will make that my New Year’s resolution to finish in 2013.  Luckily my real job has kept me busy, along with my family, so it’s a good thing to still be employed and receiving a paycheck 🙂

It’s been a hard summer and fall, there’s no other way to say it.  I lost a dear friend to ALS which still seems unreal.  Another good friend lost her husband at the tender age of 33 recently too, and it’s so hard to accept such a shocking loss.  I’ve spent the last few years going to funerals for my parents’ friends and friends’ parents, but can’t believe now I’m having to watch my friends say goodbye to their husbands and wives.  I have been amazed at the strength they’ve shown, and the outpouring of love and support for them and their children.

I also helped my mom say goodbye to her beloved Pug Jessie, who is pictured here.  He has been such a wonderful companion to my parents, especially my mom who now lives alone since my Dad has been in a special Alzheimer’s assisted living facility.  My mom is a super active spry 83-year-old, and walking the dog each morning, afternoon and before bedtime has kept my mom young.  It’s been another wonderful example to me of how much animals give back to us, and all they want in return is a little love.  And in Jessie’s case, also a few scraps now and then 🙂  Jessie was also so loved by my dad, and it’s unclear whether he can understand or comprehend that he’s gone.  Maybe that’s a small blessing of his dementia, but I know the other residents at his facility will all miss seeing little Jessie strut around on his visits.

So I am ever thankful for all the human and canine loved ones in my life.  Even though I know someday we’ll all have to say goodbye, I will try to enjoy each and every moment until then.  And we are making the next few days extra special.  My mom has become motivated to travel again, and we are now taking a Murphy girls’ trip to Italy in a few days which will be a blast.  Compliments of my more than generous sister Kathy who is treating the 4 of us to a fabulous trip.

So if you hear there’s a shortage of wine in Rome or Florence….now you’ll know why 🙂

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