Reub's journey

02 March 2021

Ed and Reub

All three of us, the two little boys and me, were Covid-masked, playing in the back yard for the first time in quite awhile. I was pulling them up the slope in a rusty red wagon, all of us laughing and muffled. Our young dog Cooper kept pace, excited by the fun.  Little A, only 3 years old, suddenly stopped giggling and I slowed to a stop.  

I want to see your gods he announced. I could see his furrowed brow.

We were next to Eddy's leaf-covered grave, planted with wild columbine. And Reuben's ashes, buried right there. 

"What?" I said. His brother L, at 5 years old, interpreted. 

"Your dogs. He wants to see your dogs."

Reuben has been gone for 4 weeks, and I realized that the little boys had not visited since it  happened.

 

Reuben died peacefully at the age of nearly-16, after years of ups and downs, medicines, training, and pure love, by the hands of our good vet. 

I asked A if he was referring to Reub. He paused and answered patiently. "There was Eddy. And there was Reubie. I want to see your gods." Eddy has been gone since June, nearly a year. But Ed and Reub were a pair, a kindly duo of furry friends, and always patient with small children.

I had to agree. How I would like to see them again, the two old boys, companionable and in the end, tolerant of nearly everything. My dogs, my gods. The ones who taught me so much, who represent an era of my life, and who inspired me to begin this blog so long ago. 

I must remember the advice of a friend. "What is remembered, lives" she says. And if a 3 year old can recall what has been gone for nearly a third of his experience, then that is certainly a remembered life.

Thanks, Eddy and Reuben. Even the littlest among us remember you.

 


18 comments:

  1. This made me smile through my tears.

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    1. Thank you Pauline. It's my current state of being, too.

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  2. What a lovey and precious experience...even if bittersweet. Wonderful that you can be with the little ones!!

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    1. Thanks. Should be easier to see them after we all get vaccinated.

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  3. I am crying. So many memories of Ed and Reub.

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    1. Thank you Granny. SO good to see you here.

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  4. we do miss our companions. their lives are too short.

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  5. lovelovelove. your gods, for sure. I'm glad we were with you at one end of that era. (and A's little voice!!!)

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  6. Kerry, this blog has always been a joy and at moments a shard of light in a dark time for me and over the years I've seen it as a blessing in my life. I'm so sad that its protagonists are no longer with us but i thank you, and them, for adding positivity to the World. I'm sure you gave them their best possible life and i imagine they would thank you too if they could too xxx

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  7. Oh Saul, thank you so much. You yourself are a wonderful ray of light, and I am so glad that the winds of fate blew you out our to our small corner of this big, difficult world.

    You’re right about Eddy and Reuben: they lived long happy lives, and who could ask for more?

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  8. I'm invited to Brunch tomorrow, at a house we used to live next door to.
    My then neighbors chose a Mastiff as their first dog over a decade ago and now that Big Brown has passed, they want his almost new bed to be passed along, with love, to other dogs in need.

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    1. Oh gosh, so sweet. When we buried Reub’s ashes, I gave his favorite toy to Cooper, who ran zoomies during the burial, quite the send-off. :)

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  9. Sweet post. I will always remember the dog I grew up with. It's been 30+ years. He'll always be my dog. Wherever he is, he knows that.

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    1. Thanks Betsy! I loved your latest piece, with the crocus.

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