At 7:45 pm last night, our beloved grey-cheeked parakeet, Sam, passed away at the advanced age (for a grey cheek) of twenty-one. He died at home, in my arms, leaving this world with all the love and comfort Collin and I were able to give him. In the weeks to come, I’ll be telling the story of Sam’s long and surprising life here–through his eyes. I hope you’ll continue to stop by. I think you’ll enjoy the journey.
In the meantime, for anyone who has ever loved a creature companion of any kind, please feel free to share your own thoughts and memories. Do all dogs go to Heaven, as a Disney movie once asked? I believe they do–as do birds, cats, hamsters, horses, lizards, etc. After all, when God saved Noah and his family from the Great Flood, they weren’t on that Ark alone….
I received this from our very dear friend Carolyn Crowe, who was also a dear friend to Sam. It kind of says it all….
May I say goodbye to pain filled days and endless lonely nights?
I’ve lived my life and done my best, an example tried to be.
So can I take that step beyond, and set my spirit free?
I didn’t want to go at first, I fought with all my might.
But something seems to draw me now to a warm and living light.
I want to go, I really do; it’s difficult to stay.
But I will try as best I can to live just one more day.
To give you time to care for me and share your love and fears.
I know you’re sad and afraid, because I see your tears.
I’ll not be far, I promise that, and hope you’ll always know,
That my spirit will be close to you wherever you may go.
Thank you so for loving me. You know I love you too,
And that’s why it’s hard to say goodbye and end this life with you.
So hold me now just one more time and let me hear you say,
Because you care so much for me, you’ll let me go today.
William also posted a blog in Sam’s honor. Have a look: