This is part of Terri Webster Schrandts Sunday Stills.
A Landay for Ruby.
Ruby has gone but not from our hearts.
She taught us, love and kindness in equal parts.
all photos © willowdot21
Learning to live.
We’re born to the treadmill, step by step we toil.
Some work till they die, others have lives of leisure. Gaia just moves on with the seasons.
We should work to live not live to work, that’s the nature of things .
Female, wife, full time mother and Grandmother. I am not as happy go lucky as I used to be but I am still bubbling along on simmer! I have three handsome sons all grown and flown.The youngest married with a beautiful wife and two sons of his own. Eleven years ago I was working, running a home, driving and socializing then bang in a split second all that was gone. I had an accident at home. I broke my back, not for the first time, I had broken it 10 years previously as well. Unfortunately this time I had broken it really badly and it was truly messed up so I had to have two operations. I was told before each operation that the outcome could mean I spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair. Still as some guy once wrote "I am still standing " yes "better than I ever was " not quite but with the help of a walking stick and as long as I do not stand or sit in one position for too long, I am still standing! Update I no longer use the walking stick . I had lots of friends before the accident but when things like this happen, you loose most of them. Their lives move on and mine stood still and so they left me behind ...I know that is just the way life is but it hurt and always will. Then I looked around and saw those who were still there for me, these friends are the roses in my garden they need to be tended well. They are the diamonds in the dust, I will of been married 50yrs plus this year . Pain and boredom are my enemies now, I have to find different ways to approach life, use my pain befriend it almost...yer right , well that is what they tell me at the pain clinic ROFLMAO ...... if only I could! I have found an outlet for my fears, frustrations and night terrors . I have started writing poetry if that name can be applied to my writing. I hope I do not come over as a moaning winger. I hope I am past all that. I also hope that you might see how the poetry is moving from very dark through the grey and hopefully in to light ?? I need to update this a little here. I have worked very hard over the years since my accident, I go to the gym regularly, I have a Pilates class and a core class once a week . The guys at the gym and my Pilates teacher cajoled, teased, bullied and encouraged me to abandon my walking stick! :) My back is no longer straight it is C shaped because of the injury and I have lost two and a half inches in height but my Pilates and Core teachers have helped me to stand up as straight and as strongly as possible. Pain and depression are still hanging on my arm but I have weapons to use against them and if I say so myself I cope well. I have made lots of new friends, real diamonds. I am also very grateful for all the support and help I have encountered here on Wordpress. Hugs and welcome to everyone who visits. View all posts by willowdot21
38 thoughts on “Sunday Stills: Ruby, Grandchildren and Play Parks”
Beautiful tribute to Ruby. Lovely pictures too.
Love your other poems too
Thank you sis 💜😉
Lovely tribute to Ruby, there 🥰
Thank you Sis 💜
Love the haiku, Willow. ❤ The lovely photos remind me of good times with the dogs and cats we have lost. Allergies now prevent us from having pets.
Thank you Cheryl I am glad you like the poetry and photos, we have had lots of dogs and cats but Ruby’s loss is still raw .
I am sorry that allergies are stopping you from having more animals ..
It’s a shame. 💜💜💜
Wishing you comfort. This post is a lovely tribute to Ruby! ❤
Thank you so much 😊
She was a guide dog, we walked her for her free exercise from when she started working at 18months. When she retired early at six she came to live with us . 💜💜
Aww, Ruby was a good girl, Willow! What a lovely poem to commemorate her life and yours with hers, as well as all the lovely pictures. How awesome she was a guide dog. I’m sure she was loyal! Darn their shorter lifespans anyway.
Yes indeed she was a wonderful dog we all miss her so much. But we were blessed to have her so long 😊
It is hard not to miss our pets that have moved on. Great new blog title by the way. You have a very popular blog, we don’t want to confuse people LOL!
No I really didn’t think about causing confusion… No we’ve had cats and dogs and really miss them all it’s just they are part of the family isn’t it 💜
Beautiful photos of the grands and Ruby. I hope you guys are doing well. Thinking of you!
Thank you Colleen we are doing well thanks and life goes on 💜😉💜
I know, my friend. I loved all the photos. 💟
Thank you for your support 💜
Lovely photos of Ruby and the other dogs. I was blessed to have Kimba for 12 of his 16 years.
They are so much the very best of friends are 💜💜💜
Lovely pictures and memories Willow. Ruby may not be here physically, but she will always be with you in your heart.
Yes indeed she will 💜💜
I will never be the live to work type. No way, José!
Those pictures are so lovely (especially that first one!)
No one should never live to work, but sadly they do.
I am glad you like the photos they are my favourites 💜💜
Some get their identify from work. Sad thing, for sure.
They are all so lovely. 🧡🧡
Yes I have met many like that and when they retire they are totally at a loss? Not me though. I met a retired head teacher who actually said …” I miss everyone standing up when I enter a room” seriously? …hey ho! 💜💜💜
So many die shortly after. They never had a life or interests outside of work. Hah! Kids haven’t stood up for teachers in forever! But I get it. Not really but you know what I mean .
Yes I do and really what a waste of life in a way . We have a better attitude to life 😉
No kidding!! 🧡😊🧡
Hi Willow, this is a beautiful post. I hope you are doing okay. Hugs.
Thank you I am good I hope you are all well and that Michael is doing well 💜💜
Hi Willow, Michael is at least home and going to school. Thank you.
I hope they can help him out with a diagnosis soon 💜💜