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Circle of Life Pet Memorial

 On April 25, next Wednesday at 6 PM at Shadow Rock, pet-lovers of all ages are invited to honor the pets they have lost during the last year.  They can bring a photo of their pet and tell us something unique or special about that it.  We’ll put the pictures on a bulletin board for all to share.

One idea I’m borrowing from M. S. Kosins is about the four special days in a pet’s life.  They are:

First—When you bring home your new pet.

Second—When you realize your pet is growing older or is sick or lost.

Third—When your pet dies.

Fourth—When you realize Living Love.

Living Love is the time when we know that, like a favorite fragrance that lingers with us, our relationship with each animal we have loved and lost will remain with us to be cherished forever.  The Circle of Life sustains and enriches us.

We’d love to have you join us.



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Categories: celebrant musings

Tell Us a Story

When our children were little, bedtime rituals included a bath, brushing teeth, one last drink, snuggles, thoughts about the day’s blessings and lessons, and reading a picture book.  Nighttime kisses, of course, ended the ritual and their sweet dreams began.  (Sometimes I drifted off, as well!)

Bedtimes with our grandchildren began with the same script.  Somewhere along the way, though, that special good-night time morphed into “Tell Us a Story” time.

The new ritual began innocently enough.  Once when we were away from home, with no books available, I told them a story about when their parents were little.  From that moment on the new tradition reigned.  Now that they range in age from 7 to 14, my treasure chest of remembered stories has grown into a very large trunk.

First we do all the prep needed to go to bed—baths, teeth, meds, etc.  Then we turn out the lights and get comfortable.  Next they make requests, which rotate between calling up favorite, formerly-shared stories and asking for brand new ones.  Each time I think I can’t remember ONE more story, some hint from the grandkids pops out a new one.

Categories range from specific to general.  Specifics include:  Tell us about the time Grandpa Ray got sprayed by a skunk.  Tell us about the time you got lost and there was lightning.  Tell us about the time firefighters came and our parents never woke up.

General categories range from Tell us a story about Mom that we’ve never heard before, to Tell us a funny one about Dad that happened at school, to Now tell us about a time you and Boppa were really scared.  These can be brain-taxing!

Recently I attended a volunteer luncheon highlighting this quote from Robert McKee:  “Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience.  They are the currency of human contact.”

Our bedtime stories are profound sharing tools into a collective remembered past about who we are as a family, what our place is in the world, and what we consider important.  Past, present and future are wrapped together into one pleasurable, meaningful bundle.

Bedtimes usually end with requests for Just one more, Amma, please…  I have to be firm and clearly state that there is one more and that’s IT!

Some things don’t change, after all.