I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges. Lady Human is being quiet. Too quiet. Swat a fly! Tell us to “cut it out!” Say something!
Me: Sorry, girl. I was just thinking about someone I used to know.
Stella: A human? Do I know them?
Me: No, he went away long before you came. I learned last night that he has passed away and he was a young man. I’m pondering.
Stella: Passed away like Wiggles passed away?
Stella: Are you sad? You feel to me as though you are.
Me: Yeah, a little. Mainly over missed opportunities. It had been so long since I saw him or spoke with him and I thought my feelings now are silly at this point and don’t really matter. But I was reading about grief last night from a book by C.S. Lewis. He said, “Whatever is matters.” It helped me.
Stella: C.S. Lewis…was he a bulldog? He sounds like one.