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The Zentangle® Method, created by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, is an easy to learn, fun and relaxing way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Nested Hearts

When I drew the string yesterday for this week's tile, I found that the hearts would not nest by joining at the upper "v". I inverted the inner heart for my string, and felt relief that I would not have such a "hearty" tile to complete. Tangling with no real desire, I started to see a heavy heart that was being lifted up by the "wings" of the inner heart. This took on more and more meaning as I realized that my heart, heavy with worry for our little cat, Minou, was somehow going to be carried by a smaller, but stronger, heart inside me.
Today, as I was doing my morning meditation, I noticed a small rainbow on the carpet in front of me, coming from the prism in my window. This immediately brought to mind the "Rainbow Bridge" poem for our beloved animals who have passed on.  Although it might seem maudlin to some, it has brought me comfort over the years.  Seeing my tile from yesterday, I remembered the hymn "I'll Fly Away", one of my dad's favorites, that sings of the release from earthly woes at the moment of passing into the "land where joys will never end". A few hours later, at the vet's, Lar and I released Minou, with love and gratitude, from the pain he had been suffering from renal failure for the last week. After 14 years together, it was a difficult goodbye, but we are grateful for his sweet spirit and never-ending love.


"When I die, Hallelujah, bye and bye, 
I'll fly away."


"Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge."


Minou the Magnificent, showing off his white "M"

8 comments:

  1. I am so sorry for your loss. Those little fur babies are so much a part of our lives. Minou is a very handsome guy. The rainbow bridge on the carpet was there to show him the way... and tell your Heart that it is okay to say goodbye. Your tile is a beautiful tribute to Minou and all the L❤VE you've shared.

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    1. Thank you, Deanne, for these kind and generous words.

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  2. Jennifer, I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet Minou. Aimee and I sending you love and purr's. I can only imagine the wonderful loved life he had in his years with you.(((hugs)))
    Your beautiful hearts are a lovely tribute to him πŸ’ž❤😍

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  3. Thanks for the lovely Rainbouw Bridge. You know, I do love animals too and when you have spent so much time together, it is hard to say goodbye...but there will always be a place in the heart for him. I'm glad you saw the rainbow on the carpet and that a smile came on your face. Your tile is beautiful.

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  4. Thank´s for sharing this. I am so sorry for your loss, though it gave your nested heart such a beautiful meaning. The rainbowbridge is also something to keep in your heart!

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  5. So sorry for you, having to let Minou go. Doing the right thing is not an easy option, I know. The ash of my last cat Tedah are burried here under a branch she used to sharpen her clows. I hung the little balls she was always playing with, on that branch and when I see them move in the wind, Tedah is a little bit here. You are in my thoughts.

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  6. It's always very sad to loose a pet. I know, have been there, when I lost one of my two elderly darling dogs. I was lucky at the time I had another I could hug, pet and love and in the first few days/weeks I did that pretty intensely to Shadow, 15 1/2. Minou would have loved your tile, it is exceptionally beautiful! Mooka drawn from the outside in. Clever!

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    1. Thank you, Susie. I appreciate your sharing and kind expression of sympathy. I enjoyed seeing your tile, with its bumpy aura, on Instagram.

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