Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Wise soul


I went for a walk this morning, down a neighborhood road I haven’t ventured since Katie left. The road we took our last walk on that day. She and I went up to the first neighbor’s mailbox and then turned around at our usual spot, I remember she met a snapping turtle laying eggs that morning and I let her watch for a bit.

So many memories on that short piece of asphalt.

I went past our turn-around this morning, unleashed from an elderly dog, up the road further and around the corner where she and I had rarely ventured.

“Oh sweetie-girl” I thought.

“It’s OK, mama,” she replied, “next time it won’t hurt so much.”

She’s a wise one, that Katie-girl. Yes she is.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

35 thoughts on “Wise soul

  1. So poignant and precious are these memories…

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  2. She’s right. But she is with you on those walks.


  3. Wise and beautiful, indeed. Hugs, Dawn. Time is a great healer. And she’ll never really leave you — you’ll always carry her in your heart (I know I do, with Dallas).


  4. Yes, a very wise Princes.


  5. Dawn, there is a dog waiting for you, so you won’t be walking alone anymore and Katie will be smiling too.


  6. Aww. I really miss that girl!


  7. Ten years and I still cry when I wake from a dream of my Alex-girl leaping into my arms. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Yes, the pain gets less, a tiny bit. But I’d rather have the pain than to have never felt the love. Katie is spectacular and so are you. Thank you for being so honest with us.


    • I expect I’ll be the same. I don’t feel that way about my childhood dog, Sam, or our first two shelties, Daisy and Bonnie, and I loved them all. But little Miss Katie, she burrowed her way so deep into my heart.


  8. You were brave to take those steps today. Hugs for you.


  9. Sending you hugs, Dawn. 💕


  10. Aww, I get it, Dawn. I always think about how both lives were made so much better when we had a loving pet to care for and vice-versa. Hugs!


  11. She SO is!

    And always will be!

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  12. I get it. Took me a long time to go to the bench in the park where I last had sat with my Sammy. Hugs ❤

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  13. Memories are such a double-edged sword, aren’t they? Precious and painful at the same time! I know….


  14. And so many wonderful things have you experienced since this walk. Katie is with you, still.

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