This past winter was not an easy one. Not because the weather was that bad, but because so much of it was involved in caring for Lola. I can't say that I didn't love every moment with her, even at the end, when I knew it was her time - and I can say that life is a bit easier now, not having that responsibility. But I still miss her and I still wish that she would bark when I walked in the door, or make me laugh when she did something silly.
Last night I saw the film "Rabbit Hole" and it was about the loss of a child. How you deal with loss is such an interesting subject to me now, after having spent so much time learning about it, experiencing it. The film depicted two characters I didn't find particularly likable, but I did feel for them both, and understand their different ways of grieving. I guess that's what I've learned - everyone grieves differently, and at their own pace.
So I'm ready for spring, a new beginning. I'm more than ready.