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Our hearts are broken

Tracey and family, you are in our thoughts.  The three months Violette was with us were unforgettable.

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, “There, she is gone.”

“Gone where?”

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, “There, she is gone!” there are other eyes watching her coming, and there are other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!” And that is dying.

– Henry van Dyke


19 responses

  1. Max

    I think this is the hardest loss of all…we are really hurting for Monty’s family tonight.

    10-August-2008 at 11:38 pm

  2. We are still leaking and leaking :(

    11-August-2008 at 2:22 am

  3. We are so sorry, se send them lots love.

    11-August-2008 at 9:03 am

  4. That was a beautiful tribute. Our hearts are breaking.

    11-August-2008 at 9:50 am

  5. We are just so sad. Our hearts go out to Sprout’s family.

    11-August-2008 at 11:05 am

  6. You picked a beautiful writing. Sometimes things that happen are so hard to understand. Hugs to you.

    11-August-2008 at 12:03 pm

  7. We are just heartbroken….

    11-August-2008 at 12:47 pm

  8. We love that reading!
    Very nice memorial.

    11-August-2008 at 2:42 pm

  9. this is so tragic and terrible. I am so sad for the family.

    11-August-2008 at 3:02 pm

  10. Lux

    A lovely memorial for Violette.

    11-August-2008 at 5:55 pm

  11. That is a lovely thing you have posted. I would rather we were not the ones saying goodbye. Three months is not nearly enough time.
    I am so sorry for Violette’s family. This is just too sad.
    Purrs & Hugs, Mickey

    11-August-2008 at 6:30 pm

  12. I love that reading and almost picked the same one. This is so hard and such a sad time.

    11-August-2008 at 8:10 pm

  13. Very nice tribute post. We like the writing you chose.

    We are very sad for Sprout’s family.

    11-August-2008 at 11:22 pm

  14. furrybutts

    I’m so sorry to read about Violette. This is so heartbreaking :(

    12-August-2008 at 12:22 am

  15. It was such a shock. She was so cute! Soft purrs.

    12-August-2008 at 9:56 am

  16. This poem is a wonderful and fitting tribute, DKM.

    The loss of this sweet little angel is just unbelievably heartbreaking.

    12-August-2008 at 2:09 pm

  17. This was so so very sad. Purrs and Prayers are going up for her family.

    12-August-2008 at 11:09 pm

  18. This is heartbreaking…

    13-August-2008 at 4:36 pm

  19. Thoughts and prayers to the family. How very sad.

    14-August-2008 at 11:27 am

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