I went out into the soft, damp darkness this morning and went for a long, long walk with the dogs.
Dogs are nice that way. You can have a conversation with God, one on one and ask him all the tough questions.
But when you need a moment, just to yourself to come to grips, the dogs are there. You're not alone. And that's a nice kind of comfort.
I'm a silent crier for the most part, but they knew.
Walking in the dark, snotty nosed, sniffling and wiping tears off my face with my jacket sleeve. They knew.
Casey in particular walked closer to me for a few minutes during the worst of it.
And when we got home and I bent down to take off their collars, they cleaned my face with puppy kisses.
It'll hit me on and off today, I know it will. But SM will be here to give me a hug when I need it, and I can snuggle with the pups as needed.
Take what comfort you can today.
And may God bless us...everyone.