Do you know what today is? I’m being silly. Of course you do. How could you not. Four years ago today you left us. You ran to the rainbow bridge an your hurting stopped.
You knew it was time. you told me and your dad. LOUDLY. We didn’t want to listen at first, but we hated to see you suffer. You were such a strong tough man. You fought a good fight, right until the end.
You changed me in many ways. I find it shocking now, until I met you, I hated cats. You taught me how important it is to be resilient. I always think of how right after your tail was amputated you started to wag your little stumpy. You weren’t going to let a missing tail stop you!
A lot has happened in the four years you have been gone. We survived a devastating hurricane. We adopted your sister, Lucy. And most recently we moved, and left the beach.
When we decided to move, the hardest part for your daddy and me was leaving your memories behind. We saw you everywhere. Especially your “recovery room”, the room we said our final goodbye. But as Grandma told me over and over, you take your memories with you. And she was right.
It’s funny. The day after we closed on the new house I brought your sign with us. I hung it in our new garage.
And from that day forward, I felt your presence there. Each day we stayed at the beach and worked on our new home, I felt your presence grow weaker at the beach house and stronger at the new house. Even though you have never set foot inside this home, I know you are her with us, and with Lucy.
Over the past few years on “Alex Day” your dad and I have done something special. One year we were able to see your favorite, James Taylor perform. Another year we saw an intimate show with Sheryl Crow. Today we are going “home” to the beach. And even though it is no longer our house, we will be sending you love from both your homes.
Keep running free, sweet boy. And know you will always be loved and missed.