Friday, April 25, 2008

This May Make You Cry!

I got this email today from a very dear friend in Georgia and thought it was so sweet. It made me cry. But even with the tears I thought I was going to post it. The other day one of my readers posted about hitting a cat and the sadness with that incident. I have several readers that are very strong in Christian faith, and readers that are just awesome people. So I thought we would all enjoy this tender side. I will warn you, do not read right before leaving the house or after applying makeup. Eyes will be red and makeup may smear. I am such a softy. Kids and dogs, this is what life is all about. I will feel silly if every one has already read this one but me!!! But if that is so, I hope you enjoy it again.

Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words:

Dear God,

Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her You will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.



We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, 'To Meredith, 'in unfamiliar hand writing. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet Dies.' Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,

Abbey arrived safely in heaven.Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away.Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me.
What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you.I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much.By the way, I'm easy to find, I am wherever there is love.


Have a great weekend


Amy said...

This is just precious - so precious.

Debbie in NC said...

BWHAAAA! Boo hoo! I was just wondering whether Todd was single and how old is he and then I read this!

Gosh, how darn sweet is this? Kids and dogs rule...for sure!

Great soccer pictures too Ms. Professional! :)

Jessica said...

I read this before but it still causes me to be teary. It is so hard for kids to understand sometimes.