Remember our little ducky Luigi who past this last winter? Well, I was in Luigi's pen cleaning out his pool that was nasty from sitting all winter long. In fact it still had ice in it! After I emptied the pool and lifted it out of the dirt, I found quite a few feathers where the rim of the pool was. I was so surprised and grateful to find them. Since Luigi died in December he had already gone through his molting season in September, so to find any feathers was a gift.
I have some from over the years, but this was special because they would be the last ones. And I found peace in them. I'd been sort of dreading spring because that's when all the water fun happened for Luigi and I was afraid that it would be too difficult for me without him here. But honestly I've found peace being in his pen and cleaning up. I didn't expect it and it was a nice feeling.
I also found these little rubber duckies, one was in his pen and the Santa one was in the house. Something about it touched me. They were dog toys I bought several years ago and I don't know how the one got in the pen and I didn't see it before. Such a sweet gift to find.
OH! And not having to worry all winter long whether he was safe or not, warm enough, protected enough on those nights when it got -25 to 30F below zero. That was heaven! Just to know he was safe with God and in the best hands possible was such a blessing.
And so friends, we turn another chapter in our book. I still hear Luigi squaking at me and I still will get a glimpse of him here and there. Happy and free and probably learning to fly because he never could in this life!