2010 was an enlightening year which brought me clarification on many fronts. Most importantly it brought the joy of reconnecting and strengthening a family bond which had unraveled and become fragile over many agonizing years. My loved one, in her wisdom, pursued a path of healing which in the end brought us together again in a connection that will strengthen and endure.
But 2010 also brought sadness at the early death of two dear friends. You already know about Patti, whom I met through our mutual love for the Bernese Mountain Dog. I wrote about her passing ‘A few days after Thanksgiving’. I think of her often and wonder how our young friendship would have deepened over time.
And there was Bob, my friend Cindy’s beloved husband, who died of a brain aneurism within a few days of Patti’s death. While Patti’s passing came after many months of unrelenting suffering and can be looked upon as a blessing, Bob’s sudden death struck like a lightening bolt and was a shock to all. Bob is remembered as a generous man who raised his children well, a man who loved his wife, a man who will be missed.
Here at Sontheim 2010 was an important year. The dogs have settled in and become a closely knit pack. Our newcomer Sam has become the undisputed, but gentle leader whose presence has brought out the best in Sophia. Because of Sam, our neurotically shy Berner girl has learned to boldly go where she never went before. Now, Sophia comes running to collect her share of hugs and kisses throughout the day. And what a change that is from not so long ago, when I would have to corner her, in order to bestow some petting.
And now that 2011 has begun and last year’s snow has largely melted we are settling into Winter. The air crackles with frost and the wood burning stove warms the house. I think of the long line of lovely people I have been privileged to know and wish a very happy New Year to you All!