A Little Bit Easier

Monday, January 16th, 2012 11

It’s been one week since we said goodbye to Ripken. I won’t lie…this past week (and the one prior) have been grueling. Grief is a bitch. But I am finding that each day gets a little bit easier. There are still moments that wash over me that feel really hard. Like I have an open wound that is quite raw and vulnerable. But the stretches of time between those moments are growing. And for that I am grateful. I’m also reflecting on all the good that Ripken brought to our lives, the funny things he would do, the little stories that made up his life. And that feels good and right. To remember him in the fondest of ways and with the unconditional love he so freely gave to us.

In other but related news, I got my first pair of cowboy boots and they are certainly helping to put a little kick back into my step. How could they not?!?! I mean, really…Hearts. And wings. On my boots. Wearing these is a little bit of self-care my thirsty soul is drinking up.

Thank you all for your notes of support and the kindness you shared with me here on the blog and Facebook in the wake of Ripken’s passing. It gave me solace in more ways than I could ever express. Much love. xoxo

11 Responses

  1. urban muser says:

    i’m sure it will take time. it’s obvious your pup was a real part of the family. take care of yourself.

  2. Liz says:

    Thinking about you often and sending peace and light. The open wound part…yes, I deeply hear this.

    And those boots are awesome!!!!

  3. Kendra says:

    Such a special dog Ripken was. More hugs to you as you journey through this.

    And on that related note, those are some serious kick-ass boots!! Come to Texas!

  4. beautiful my dear…just beautiful.
    and um…where did you get the boots?!! awesome!
    xxxx

  5. mosey (kim) says:

    Retail therapy, while not a cure-all, is certainly sometimes a cure-some. Thinking of you this week. (and WHERE did you get those boots??)

  6. darlene says:

    sending good energy and love
    hugs to you – ripken will forever be in your heart

    love the boots – wear them with kick a–ing pride!!!! you so rock those boots
    I could only afford plain brown ones

    peace love photography

  7. Laura says:

    Loving, beautiful,words for an obviously loving and beloved family member.
    And the boots totally rock!

  8. Melanie Gross says:

    So glad I got to see the boots–live and in person–they’re awesome!! Still thinking of you…

  9. Love, love, love the boots!!! How fun!!

  10. Corinna says:

    I’m glad your loss is getting a little bit easier day by day. Count me among the many who is thinking of you and sending love.

    And those BOOTS. Beyond. So awesome.

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