I am by no means over the loss of my darling Ruby, but it is getting a little easier every day. I hardly ever expect her to come down the stairs to greet me at the door anymore, but I still think I see her slipping around corners just ahead of me when I'm walking through the house.
This past week, thanks to the sweet gesture my high school friend Ruth made, I declared Wednesday, May 11, as For Love Of Ruby day and asked anyone who was led to make a food donation to their local animal shelter, and I am humbled by the response. It truly went from California to the New York island and beyond!
Thank you to old friends Jamie (we've known each other since we were in Miss White's 2nd grade class together), Teresa (friends since birth), Nancy (friends since 7th grade), and my cousin Cynthia (we kind of go way back, too). Thank you to Joplin friends Vanessa and Linda and Ruth (how many people can be lucky enough to know TWO Ruths?!) for donating, and also to Allison and her three girls and to Debbie, Ruby's original "mom." And thank you far away friends Ivy, Marisa, Fabiola, Kristi (and DeeDee!) and Lizzi for making donations, and of course, to sweet Ruth, who inspired this day of healing for me and made another touching donation.
The problem with listing people like this is the VERY REAL chance that I left someone off the list, so PLEASE let me know if you are one of those people! And if you haven't made a donation in memory of Ruby and would like to, it's never too late. There is no end to the needs of our local shelters.
That's way more than ten thankfuls. Way more. Thank you, all, for loving Ruby with me.
I can feel my heart healing....