“At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough.
You don’t need to photograph, paint,
or even remember it.
It is enough.”
– Toni Morrison
“Gratitude is the wine for the soul.
Go on. Get drunk.”
“Start your day with a big smile”
And that’s cos I’m swelling up
with a whole lot of gratitude.”
Three week ago,
Shaye, my 8-year old daughter
bought herself a blue budgie and a bird cage.
And she calls her Ebi
(named after her favorite Japanese food, Ebi Sushi).
Ebi is the sweetest little thing.
You know what they say about pets and their owners being so alike.
Well, Ebi was just like Shaye – cheerful, noisy and messy.
When we’re around she’s the most obedient sweet little creature.
This morning , when we woke up we were shocked to find Ebi’s lifeless body,
her head stuck in between the bars.
Perhaps she got curious, stuck her head in between the bars,
panicked and broke her neck.
Just two days ago, I was playing with Ebi and
noticed the bar spacing at the bottom corner of the cage was a bit too wide.
But I did not give it much thought nor did I mention it to hubby.
I believe if I had said something about the wide spacing,
he would have done something cos he’s Mr Fix-It.
Again, I had ignored the inner voice hinting that something is wrong.
It’s a painful and unfortunate incident and a lesson of life and death for Shaye.
But I’m thankful for the joy Ebi brought and the time spent with her.
Oh, how she loved watching television with us in the room at night.
And a reminder that life is fragile and we must enjoy every moment.
Little by little we will let go of our loss but never of our love.
Fly free now, sweet Ebi!
We love you and you’ll be dearly missed.
“Smell the sea, and feel the sky,
Let your soul & spirit fly.”
[ “goodwill” or “beautiful thinking.”]