Happy New Year!
I found this on Facebook today, and it’s dedicated to all of you out there who have had to say goodbye to much loved pets this year. You know who you are….
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
AT RAINBOW BRIDGE
T'was the night before Christmas, at Rainbow Bridge too.
We Bridge kids were thinking as always of you.
We'd seen how the holidays weren't bright this year,
Heard you whisper so often, "I wish you were here!"
We know how you wish you could just stay in bed
And sleep through the holiday lying ahead,
When all celebrate with their loved ones so near...
Unless they have loved ones on this side this year.
But we're no less alive here, on the other side.
If you could just see us, you would've laughed and not cried.
The dogs all in harness, pulling the sleigh.
The cats all in Santa hats pointing the way.
The pet birds all flying back over the rainbow,
Bound homeward in spite of Earth's darkness and snow.
All the pets that you've lost, pets for whom you've cried,
Flying home on this Christmas to be by your side.
If you feel warm fur brush you when no pet's around,
Hear a soft bark or purr, just a ghost of a sound,
We're trying to tell you we're visiting this way,
And our visits, even rainbows, can be on any day.
But for Christmas we have something special to do,
A sleigh full of happy dream visits for you.
On doggy, on kitty, on winged friend and ferret!
The love that you lavished, we mean now to share it!
We're fetching that love home, the way we once played,
With the closeness we shared and the memories we made.
Our Earth lives with you were too short for us, too,
And on this Christmas Eve we have so much to do.
So all through this night as you sleep in your beds,
Sweet visions of fur babies dance in your heads.
This one special night we can bring you Home for a while,
Your true home in Heaven, where again you will smile.
Over the rainbow you'll fly, for a short while this night,
Hours that you'll be happy, hours that will feel right,
Hours to cuddle and hug us, to run and to play,
Before the return to Earth in our magic way.
And when you awaken and face Christmas Day,
We pray you'll remember your trip on our sleigh,
But in case you forget, just remember our love.
Remember us watching you, your angels above.
Sending love wrapped in rainbows, shining and bright,
Love that will guide you through the darkest night,
Love found in each memory unwrapped through the year,
Replacing dark sorrows with Christmas cheer.
Leave the toys to St. Nick, we Bridge kids bring dreams,
Sweet visits to remind you all is not as it seems
When you look all around you with tired Earthly eyes.
If you saw as we do, there'd be joy and surprise.
There are fur angels waiting by those Christmas trees,
Always there for you and hearing your pleas.
We're never more than a thought away from your home,
You're never forgotten, you're never alone.
Nor are we alone here, with our Rainbow Bridge friends.
We know only joy here, the celebrating never ends,
And after our reunions with you Christmas Eve,
We Bridge kids will party like you'd never believe.
But we'll slip away often to be by your side.
Sitting there watching you, eyes open wide,
Praying you'll be able to catch a glimpse of us, too.
But whether or not you see us - Merry Christmas to you!
Cindy Morgan (2007)
This is just to let our readers know that we are still alive and kicking! Some of you will already know that we have once again had to move from our rented house, our landlords deciding that they had to sell the house, after assuring us when we took the tenancy in April that we would be able to stay there long term. As you can imagine we were not happy! Having got really fed up with paying other sod’s mortgages, but being unable to pay one of our own without selling the boat, we decided that we would buy a static mobile home to live in when we aren’t boating. So, we are now the proud owners of a ‘landlocked widebeam’ at Overstone Lakes Park just north east of Northampton. At least we won’t be given notice when we’ve been here six months! We have once again had to sell all our furniture as our new home has fully fitted furniture. All we have kept is the washing machine and tumble dryer which will live in a shed, and my grannie’s old blanket chest! We are now moved in and have found homes for the majority of our ‘stuff’, some of which is in my Mum’s loft.
We haven’t forgotten about boating, and just to prove it, Rog found this in a wonderful local ‘Emporium’ and had to have it.
The focus isn’t wonderful, so in case you can’t make it out, it’s called T’owd Navigation, and has an old boatman and his boat on the label.
Never fear, we will be back boating in the spring.
P.S Ozzy is doing well and doesn’t seem to miss his left eye at all.