“Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.” ~ Jacques Prévert
Happiness forgot us for a bit. With the loss of Bella, the house feels quiet and empty to us, and to Bella’s “brother” Jackson. From the moment they met, they had been best playmates and friends.
Only a year separated them – and we hoped nothing else ever would. But sometimes, the universe has other plans.
You can’t will grief away; it takes its own time. But wallowing in it never banished it faster. So, while we mourn our loss, we have to put Jackson’s needs first. And today, he needed some happiness.
We took him on one of his favorite adventures – an early morning hike and swim in the river.
And along the way, we met and made a new friend; her name is Riba.
A few years younger than Jackson –
a powerful ocean-trained swimmer,
and a mighty shaker,
she could probably show him up if she wanted, but they were well matched in personality and play.
When the heart is heavy, create good times and new memories, and eventually, happiness will find you again.
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn