Earlier today I had to put my first-and-only, longtime dog to sleep after many years of camaraderie. It was one of the saddest moments of my life. Since the moment I had to leave him behind, I’ve been torn by two different feelings. One by guilt, wondering whether a couple more days might have changed anything, and one by longing, not for the sadness that comes in the immediate aftermath, but for the good memories I have. But right now, it’s difficult to focus not on the sadness, but the happy memories.
So I’ve been spending the rest of my day watching “happy” animes to pass time, cheer up, manage, cope, whatever you want to call it. Watching random episodes of shows like Lucky Star, the first season of Minami-ke and Ichigo Mashimaro. And it got me thinking about how brilliant slices of life are because they’re so simple and dependable. For whatever reason, I can go back and watch an episode of Lucky Star and laugh at the exact same parts I did when I watched it before. The show isn’t any less amusing, the jokes aren’t any less funnier. And in fact, I might even appreciate it more, because I understand more of the references.
Anyway, I end this post with a toast, a thought and an image:
- Cheers to the best dog I could have ever had. You brought more joy to our lives than I could have ever imagined when I first brought you home.
- The thought being I hope there’s a dog park in heaven. Even though he’d probably escape the dog park and start romping around and messing up some cloud gardens.
- And the image being a gununu, just because for some strange reason I find it amusing and that it cheers me up.