Rio, go rest high on that mountain

Tea time with my boy

I have struggled with how to write this post for 2 weeks.  I retired Rio’s gravatar on April 7.  This morning, I resurrected it.  Not seeing him did not lessen the grief, nor does seeing him make it harder.  I think it was more a symbolic tribute for me to retire his gravatar, and just as symbolic to determine to bring it back to his place as the face of Suzassippi.

These past 4 years, caring for Rio has been a profound joy, interspersed with episodes of sadness, like the past 4 years in general.  Rio maintained his grace in the face of profound change.  Dad is maintaining his grace in the face of profound change.  Sis maintains her grace in the face of profound change.  Mom always called me her changeling baby–the one the fairies leave when they steal your real baby.  (Yes, who knew that fairies went around stealing babies?)  I am reminded this moment of Anna Blake’s poem:

If this outlandish prairie, sun-burned and wind-scraped can show up every morning with a torrid definition of what an “earth-tone” looks like,

then claim this life deliberately with garish celebration; be no less than sunrise.

 

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9 Responses to Rio, go rest high on that mountain

  1. Beth says:

    This sounds trite, but sadly to humans, the only thing that’s constant is change.

    • Suzassippi says:

      Not trite at all to me, Beth. Change has always been hard, will be hard, is always with us, and the thing that I believe defines us is how we choose or are able to deal with it. Loving Rio and what I learned from him was worth it. Sometimes we have a choice, and sometimes we do not.

  2. Lana says:

    Eternal change. We try to hold on and yet it slips away from us.

  3. janebye says:

    Rest in peace, sweet Rio. Change is hard for us humans but I’m thankful for grace in the face of tough changes. xoxo

  4. Sheryl says:

    It’s hard to lose a beloved friend whether human or animal. My thoughts are with you. I’m glad you brought him back as the public face of Suzassippi.

  5. Susan Lentz says:

    So sorry for your loss Suzassippi.

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