A life wish
“I think I have to write about death,” I said.
To this, my friend replied with silence.
“Have you ever lost a pet?” I asked.
“I’d rather not talk about it,” said my friend, gently and apologetically.
This is the way in which he chose to engage in life in that moment. With fear.
I recently spent time with a well-traveled woman who had just spent 60 days in Zimbabwe – she was completely off the grid for 30 of those days. Her friends and family had no idea if she was alive or dead, for 30 heart-wrenching days. She spoke to me of her love of the country, of her plans to return and help, however she could.
“People have said that I have a death wish,” she told me. “But it’s a life wish.”
A life wish!
That, I am convinced, is what people who come to Muttville have. A life wish. People who adopt Muttville dogs talk about the dogs they’ve lost, they dogs they still have, and the dogs they will have (loved, love, will love). We do not live in fear. We engage in life.
If you have adopted from Muttville, you know this about yourself: You have a life wish. Pat yourself on the back. Thank you for coming to Muttville.
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