The month of February finds many people expressing their love for one another with cards, candy and flowers. Saying goodbye to someone is hardly ever viewed as a sign of love.
Dogs know nothing but unconditional love. They are faithful, trusting and playful. Maggie was protective, and always corralled guests to keep them safe. Her signs to show love included wet nose pokes, licks, begging for belly rubs and twirls at the door when company arrived.
As humans, we show love by spending time with one another, offering a listening ear, or giving a hug & words of encouragement. We count our blessings when life allows us to spend many years with the people we love. The gift of true friendships and a loving family can be summarized into two words- unconditional love.
Perhaps unconditional love is the greatest & worst gift to give. The benefits are well known & happily received. The repercussions can leave a whole in your heart. The pain of saying goodbye to a family member- whether human or furry- is a stage in life we all will embark upon. When the decision & acceptance to say goodbye is determined by the comfort it will give another, true love can be shown in the words ‘good-bye’.
Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetime, is certain for those who are friends. ~Richard Bach