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June 02, 2019

“Life goes on”…

When I was a disgruntled teenager, I remember my dad answering my complaints with the quote, “Life is full of heartache, sorry and disappointment.” Not what a teenager wanted to hear.

Now that I am middle-aged, I sometimes think about my dad and that quote. “Yep”, I think. “It is true.” But I have come to recognize that heartache, sorry and disappointment are the life experiences that also make the little moments of joy and happiness so sweet.

We have a quiet week adjusting to the new normal without Lucy. As sad as we are, we smile at the little moments:

- Whistle happily chasing sticks and waves on the beach

- Horses training at full gallop on the beach at low tide

- The joy of a donkey having his forehead and cowlick brushed

- Happening upon a sea lion resting in the dunes

- Watching Hoti let Travis do all the work of extracting oats from a rolling ball

- Donkeys bobbing for apples

- Chooks enjoying a sunny day

- Going a new direction and as far as we can on the beach

- Whistle napping next to Tim on the couch

- Travis curling into a fetal position on the ground before going belly up

- Hoti laughing

- Hot tubbing on a cold day and naked at night under amazing starry skies

- Whiskey and chocolate

- Chocolate and whiskey

Whistle happily chasing sticks and waves on the beach

Unloading horses at the beach

Horses training at full gallop on the beach at low tide

Horses and riders enjoying the beach

The joy of a donkey having his forehead and cowlick brushed

Happening upon a sea lion in the dunes

Watching Hoti let Travis do all the work of extracting oats from a rolling ball

Donkeys bobbing for apples

Success

Donkeys bobbing for apples

Chooks enjoying a sunny day

Chooks enjoying a sunny day

Going a new direction on the beach

Going as far as we can on the beach

Whistle napping next to Tim on the couch

Travis curling into a fetal position on the ground before going belly up

Travis belly up

Hoti laughing

Hot tubbing on a cold day

Whiskey and chocolate

Written by Julie and Tim McGee who live in Sonoma, California, USA and frequently elsewhere...