Sixteen years is quite a while to spend with someone
and be able to say that they've never disappointed you or brought anything negative into your life.
Oh sure, I was exasperated with him more than once and challenged by his stubborn streak a few times but disappointed in him? Never.
And his choices and actions have yet to give me one speck of sadness, worry or heartache. What a difference that is from the emotionally charged relationships we have with human loved ones!
I've often said that the little arrow on top of his head points the way for him.
Never one to back down or turn away,
he'd forge ahead with his jaunty step under that white arrow,
but in recent months he's increasingly unsure of his direction and wobbly.
|Snoozing under the card table|
Joe and I have finally come to the decision that we need let him go
and help that little arrow point him on a path to somewhere that we won't be following right away.
We'll selfishly take another weekend to delay our heartache.
Our family will be smaller by one member,
but oh what a treasure this little bright-eyed fellow has been!