By now I'm sure you are all aware that a few weeks ago we had to say goodbye to Miss Magnolia, fanciest feline you'll ever meet. We knew the end was coming, so we emailed with Mobile Veterinary angel Beth to come to the house and help us send Noli over the Rainbow Bridge. Beth came and we were able to say goodbye in a place where Noli felt safe. Beth hugged us, cried with us, and when it was all over she carefully placed Magnolia's tiny body in a basket lined in fleece. It was awful and beautiful and I can't stress enough how much better it is to be able to say goodbye at home. This was a particularly hard goodbye because Magnolia will be our last cat. Emerson is terribly allergic and as much as we love cats, we love Emerson more.
Cards came in the mail. Not just the simple "sorry for your loss" cards, but cards from both Beth and our current vet clinic, Frost Family Pet Clinic, with actual notes from the staff sharing our loss and commenting on how Frank will be waiting to be reunited with Magnolia again. In my book, the kindness of these cards was above and beyond.
Then yesterday's mail brought an official looking card From the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Curious, I opened the card to find this:
I gotta tell you, I was shocked. I had to sit down and read it again. Frost Clinic, who had only seen Magnolia once in her life, sent a donation to memorialize her at her death. I cried. I'm still crying. Right now when every news feed is full of people behaving horribly, here in my life I am blessed by people who shine. Sweet little Magnolia's life will be remembered in a way that will help other animals in the future. I can't say thank you enough times.
I think it was Mr. Rogers who said, "...look for the helpers." Beth Christensen and the staff at Frost Family Vet Clinic have been my helpers. They have decided to lead lives that shine. What lovely examples, especially at this time of year.