Boone has been gone three months now, but nearly every day he manages to send me some sort of message from the Bridge letting me know he’s never very far away.
This weekend it was butterflies.
Boone used to LOVE chasing butterflies on our summer walks. I was never quick enough to capture a picture of him in mid-air trying to catch them, but it was a sight to see him leaping up. Fortunately for the butterflies, Boone never caught them.
Sunday was a beautiful sunny day, so I took my crochet to the back yard while Tuck chewed on a stick. He’s shown zero interest in the Jolly Ball that was Boone’s favorite toy, so it sat still at Tuck’s feet. Something caught my eye and when I glanced towards where Tuck was laying, a bright yellow butterfly landed on the ball and flicked its wings a few times. Tuck showed some interest in the ball then! But like Boone, he wasn’t quick enough to catch the butterfly, so it flew safely away.
Later that afternoon we took our second walk of the day and spotted not one, but two more butterflies along the path.
And last night, my friend and neighbor texted me pictures of a rainbow over the small airport in our town. Rainbows are my Lexi’s way of reminding me that she’s never far away either (we lost her in March 2015 at the age of 13). So I texted my neighbor back that Boone had sent butterflies to us on Sunday. She responded that she’d had a big butterfly in her dog yard on Sunday, too. I told her that Boone was making his daily walk (we always walked past her home).
And onto Tuck, Boone’s earthly sidekick. I’m pretty sure Boone has had conversations with him about how to make us smile and laugh.
When he’s not pretending to be a mountain goat, he’s learning how to snuggle up next to me on the couch – just like Boone used to do.
And of course, where would we be without a sleepy selfie 😉
I’m looking forward to a summer full of rainbows and butterflies to remind me that my two favorite “black and tans” are forever by my side and teaching our newest “black and tan” how to make us smile 🙂
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