In the spirit of this Memorial Day weekend I’m sharing once again the ‘memorial’ post I wrote last year marking the death of Great Scots Magazine’s own “Albie”, Grand Old-Soul of Las Golondrinas, who grew up in the magazine’s pages, and died at age 15. Memorial Day is for remembering our War Dead, of course, but I can be forgiven remembering in this place on this weekend my long-time friend, sojourner, and Soldier of the Heart, for all the strength in companionship she gave me.
Memorial Day Remembrance To An Old Friend
My world emptied radically in June of 2015. Albie, Matron of Las Golondrinas, died at age 15. Her final week she lost balance and use of her back legs and she refused to eat. Having reached a grand old age, she died peacefully in my arms at the Veterinarian’s office on Tuesday afternoon, June 2nd, 2015. She went as she once ran: quick as a Gazelle.
I can’t complain. Fifteen years together is a rare Scottish Terrier companionship gift. What momentous years and adventures we had together! Moving from the city to the country thirteen years ago, these Las Golondrinas years have been the adventure of discovering myself and Albie was Sojourner through it all. My short-legged Teacher of Merit! Great wee soul with soft eyes, companion of the heart, showing me at each step how to be one-of-a-kind and so become what I am.
Dust to dust before my eyes.
Wuss at end-games. ‘Fixer’ who unravels quickly when helpless to ‘fix it’. How can the Enemy faced so gamely in Mexico remain virile and aggressive these years while I grow old and weak?
Brute Anguish striking like a fist is Evergreen, while I, an old Cottonwood, break leafless, ever softer at my center.
Life’s slow-learner, I’m no Master of strategy against The Absolute, not even how to fake it.
So, my Friend, we face eclipse of the heart together, You dignified in your dying, I with crumbling Human heart.
Remember this Human whose heart you stole from Willie by soft eyes and Princess ways. Remember … but run FREE.
Go, Earthdog! A Cairn of your own.
Go-to-ground! Adventure awaits.