Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The sun still rises each day from behind the mountain beyond the trees outside our bedroom window and sets each evening behind the mountain beyond the trees outside our other bedroom window.
There is still oatmeal bubbling on the stove every morning and tea poured, steaming, into mugs.
There is still peanut butter on toast and a Kong spit out at my feet and cats stomping around, indignant and demanding food.
There is still drool on the floor in great hazardous puddles and dripped quietly onto socked feet.
There are the sounds of thick claws clipping across wooden floors and heavy footfalls thumping up and down the stairs.
Big brown eyes still bore into the back of my head, imploring me to go outside, hot breath wafts in my direction off the end of a long pink tongue.
There are still walks in the woods and games of stick and sunlight slanting through trees just so.
There are still ravens, black as night, following our progress on the trail, wheeling overhead and calling to each other in their deep varying voices.
The wind still cuts a path through the trees like a current moving swiftly through the ocean.
Leaves still crinkle underfoot.
Snow still melts quietly in the shadows.
There are still blue skies and scudding clouds and mountains outlined behind skeletal trees that are starting to bud and will soon become a canopy of green.
There are warm breezes to send grasses rustling and kick up swirls of leaves from last season.
There are still icy cold puddles in the woods and chewed up sticks scattered amongst the trees.
There is still a comforting warmth from the sun on the deck in the afternoon and golden light on shiny black fur.
The woods are still alive with raucous birds and chittering squirrels and tiptoeing deer and rabbits changing from white to brown.
There are still noses pressed up against windows and loud barking alarms to be sounded and howling laments to be sung.
There are parades at breakfast and suppertime, stampedes for bowls of food.
There are rafts of fur collecting in corners and floating on currents of air across floors.
In the evening there are long sighs and meaningful glances alluding to the great adventures that are still to be had.
There are ears to be flapped and cheeks to be pinched and foreheads to kiss.
There are still all of these things.
But everything is different.