Well here we are, November first. October goes by in a flash. Festive fun and sorrow intertwined. It’s been an incredible month.
I have lots of pictures, so I’m just going to throw them up here without any thoughtful layout or plan. I guess you’re accustomed to that by now, loyal readers!
And then, we met these little critters.
And now for the sad part. This month, we lost two members of our family. The first was “Pug,” Jimmy’s beloved grandpa. Two weekends ago, we travelled to Nacogdoches to celebrate his life. By all accounts, he was a wonderful man who left an incredible mark on the world during his long life. We had an opportunity for reflection and family time, which we really enjoyed. I wish I had taken pictures that weekend, but I thought we were returning to Kingwood the following weekend for a more lighthearted trip. Unfortunately, that leads us to our next sad moment of October.
Slade, the greatest dog in the world, began to feel very sick toward the end of the month. He had no appetite, was very lethargic, and was urinating frequently. The vet prescribed medicine for a bladder and bacterial infection, plus a steroid which increased his appetite. Unfortunately, his health deteriorated to the point where he couldn’t keep food down at all. On Halloween, Jimmy and I took him back to the vet, where she suspected he had a large abdominal mass that could only be treated with a very risky surgery. Due to his age, we decided it was best to put him down. It was heartbreaking. He was an amazing pet.
Jimmy and Slade were always a package deal. I couldn’t have one without the other, and I was so fortunate to have both. Slade leaves a big gaping hole in our family, and we will love and miss him forever.
Slade, thank you for being one of the (very) few individuals to make Eliza laugh and smile when she was a baby. Thank you for loving me during these early years of child-rearing, when I was exhausted and had no patience for pets. Thank you for being a loving companion whenever any of us felt sad or afraid. Thank you for scaring the shit out of dubious salespeople who happened to knock on our door. Most of all, thank you for loving and protecting our family since we became a family. You’re one of the best who ever lived.
I’ll miss so many things about him, especially as I stand here at my computer blogging right now. Every night, he would patiently wait until the kids were finally in bed and I had a little time to myself. Then, he would gently come nuzzle me with his head while I typed. It was almost as if he were saying, “You’ve worked hard today. I’m here if you need anything.” Man, I’m going to miss him.
Anyway, Halloween took place in the midst of the sadness. Festive class parties followed by trick-or-treating. The kids were too excited and distracted to dwell on Slade (they’ve been talking about him much more today). Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I’ve been floating costume ideas since August. We finally settled on a Greek Mythology theme, and I’m thrilled with the way it turned out!
And finally…welcome to Mount Olympus! Are you bold enough to approach the gods?
And then it was time for some trick or treating!
Our celebration was dedicated to Slade, who would’ve made a magnificent Cerberus. We love you always, buddy.
Well that’s a wrap, October! Thanks for the chaos, melancholy, excitement, and fun. So many emotions! As one of our favorite books says at the very end…
Goodbye ’til next year, Halloween.