Monday, August 24, 2015

Loss, Life, and Family

RIP: Burying my brother's ashes.
Saturday (8/22) was the 2nd anniversary of my only sibling's death. To recognize the day, Leo and I spent some time burying Jay's ashes. In some ways the experience was like picking at a scab, but it did provide an opportunity for acceptance and feeling better about moving forward. Leo burned some incense that smelled very Catholic, and I spent a few moments feeling my brother's ashes as they began to blend with the earth.

It's a girl! Me, Leo, & Freddie, after
the adoption papers were signed.
Saturday was also the day that Leo and I attended an adoption event held by the Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society. Our eyes were on a particular Holland Lop named Luna, a foster bun who was in need of a permanent home. We were immediately smitten with her, and soon she was in a carrier headed home with us.
We re-named her Freddie (after the character Freddie Brooks from "A Different World", played by Cree Summer), and it's been a joy having her as a new member of the family. She's a very curious, sweet, energetic, and slightly nervous bunny. I look forward to getting to know her better and seeing her personality develop.

Today is Monday and I'm still somewhat spent - emotionally, physically & spiritually - from the weekend's activities. The lesson learned: The reality of life is that everyone dies. I may have lost my birth family to death in the past few years, but at the same time my husband and I have cultivated a family unit of our own. I am proud and humbled to be a part of the loving home we're building for ourselves and our four-legged children.
Freddie's first selfie, taken just after we got home,
before she found the courage to come out of the carrier.