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Monday, December 2, 2013

Monday—Life Is Complicated Day #4: Rusty

My daily journal as trustee of my dad's estate

The wall at the trust attorney's office

"When all the world is a hopeless jumble,
And the raindrops tumble all around,
Heaven opens up a magic lane.

When all the clouds darken up the skyway,
There's a rainbow highway to be found
Leading from your window pane
To a place behind the sun
Just a step beyond the rain."

Somewhere Over The Rainbow ~ Music by Harold Arien_Lyrics by EY Harburg

My dad's little dog, Rusty, crossed the Rainbow Bridge today.  He was a sick little dog, and he was suffering.  It was time to let him go.  My dad had been saying for the past couple of weeks that it was time to put him down.  But, it is a heartbreaking task to take a beloved pet in for euthanasia, and he'd been putting it off.

He had friends who stepped up and took care of this high maintenance dog when he no longer could.  They were there before we arrived, and they simply got the job done for a friend in need...and for a couple of complete strangers who were reeling from their own loss.

As much as I've been the strong daughter that he wanted me to be, their act of selflessness blows me away.  When people say that they want to help, it's really an expression of sympathy.  But, when someone's life stops abruptly and unexpectedly, the momentum of that person's every day existence continues for a while, like swirling glitter in a glass of water.  Animals are left behind.

I always knew that he had great friends.  I guess, I've never really seen friends who could stay out of the way and at the same time know exactly what to do to help.  It's a difficult line to walk.  And, how do we show our gratitude?  All that I can do is to emulate their example and be there for someone else when it's my turn to step up.  ...And, pay Rusty's vet bill.

My dad had an IQ of 154, which put him at the top of the highly gifted category.  But, from what my sister and I have seen over the past few days, he was a genius at dying.  More about that later...

Thanks for having such an amazing group of friends, Dad