Two years on and I still miss my furry little buddy terribly. My Champers passed away on 12/12/2012 and so today I honour his memory, although in truth there is not a day that goes by that I do not think of him. I am reminded of the words of Pi Patel in Yann Martel’s Life of Pi:
I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.
For me this is what tears me up; that I did not get the opportunity to say goodbye to my friend. Wrapped up in the misery caused by LA Woman’s duplicitous cruelty and my disastrous emigration to the United States (see previous 2012 posts), I was not there for his passing. I am hopeful that I will see Champers again though when it is my time to pass over. I have missed him.
Again the words of Pi Patel:
Animals have souls… I have seen it in their eyes.
So rest in peace, little buddy. You and I will meet again as souls in the starry afterlife.
Images from Ang Lee’s fantastic film translation of the novel.