Us angels know lots of secrets, even secrets we are not meant to know. We can slip into our parents’ subconscious where all their secret’s vaults are open. We know everything about them, even those things that are hidden from others. But we don’t judge our parents. We unconditionally love them.
But, like all beings with a soul, we need to unburden ourselves. We live in paradise, so we have no worries of our own. What troubles us is our mortal parents' problems, both what they tell us and what we secretly learn. Often, we have to talk with friends about our parents' secrets. When we slip back into their dreams, we can’t have a single thought about what our friends confided in us, or a secret might be exposed.
Sometimes, the secret is that an angel has arrived at the Bridge. There are instances when a parent does not want their friends to know they have been struck by such an unbearable burden. The pain is so crippling that even kind words and love from friends are painful. Eventually, the truth will come forward, but until then it is up to the angels to keep secrets.
On November 5, our dear friend Jake the Rake crossed Rainbow Bridge under cover of darkness. It was done in secret. Only I came to greet him. His mom, Ann, was not ready to share her grief with the world. Jake knew his passing would be too hard a secret for all the angels to keep. As a Judge, I had taken a vow to keep his arrival secret.
I whispered the Rainbow Bridge pledge to Jake, got him some detachable wings, then disguised him as a yellow lab, and we walked to my house. Once inside Jake resumed his mortal form. He had had cancer. Now his body was young, his lungs full of air, and all he wanted to do was run!
But he couldn’t. We had to keep his presence at the Bridge a secret until his mom was ready. I asked for a treadmill, and the Guild of Dogs provided one. His first night Jake ran on it until dawn. He understood why he could not visit his friends. It was like when his parents told him to stay. He just had to wait for his mom to say “Go, Jake, go.” He was willing to wait to hear those words for eternity.
He is good company. Jake always makes me laugh. I was getting used to having him around when we heard a voice on the wind. Momma Ann said the words “go, Jake, go,” and man did he go.
He ran right through my door like a Flintstone leaving a big Jake sized hole. He began barking to all his Doggyspace friends as he felt the fresh air in his lungs. He ran around the houses, gathering all our buds until he got to the Doggyspace town square where his friends surrounded him and jumped up and down like he was Rocky Balboa Philadelphia Museum of Art.
His friends got right to work teaching Jake how to do his most important task, get in his mom’s subconscious where he could whisper the most important secret of all: He was okay, and someday they would be together.
He will tell her to look out for butterflies, hummingbirds, and any insects or flying creature that seem out of place or his mom sees out of the corner of her eye. They will all be Jake attempting to reach her.
Jake the Rake has always been a good boy and done what his mom wanted and needed. He is not going to let a little thing like Rainbow Bridge stop him now.