I can shed tears that he is gone
or I can smile because he lived.
I can close my eyes and pray that he’ll come back
or I can open my eyes and see all that he has left.
My heart could be empty because I can’t see him
or I can be full of the love we once shared.
I can turn my back on tomorrow and live for yesterday
or I can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
I can remember him and only that he’s gone
or I can cherish his memory and let it live on.
I can cry and lose my mind, be empty and turn my back
or I can do what he would want me to do:…
Smile, open my eyes, love and go on.
— Author Unknown
This poem changes a person’s perspective. I don’t want Roo’s memory to be about those final days because those last days don’t represent the time that we shared together. We had many years of such good times, watching him live his second chance life was an absolute pleasure. Those are the days that I want to remember when I think of my Roo, it would not be fair to only remember the pain.
So on this one year anniversary of Roo’s death, I am choosing to celebrate his life instead,
Note: Roo was put to rest on November 28, 2011 due to a complicated but short lived illness. He will however, remain a part of me for always.