We don't have many happy Bridge crossings here. Sometimes a human-angel is awaiting a new arrival, and their reunion is poignant, but there is also a beloved person left behind We are lucky if the repair done to a heart by the reunion equals the damage done by the parting.
This week we had a rare happy reunion, although I had to go to the cat village to experience it. The saddest day for a pet is when their human leaves for the Bridge. It is worse if it is a single-parent home. The pet not only losses their reason for living but their house too. If the pet is lucky, they will be placed with a family member. If not they go into the system, loveless and homeless.
When our good dog mom friend Mama Teri's mother passed away, she left behind her beloved cat, Bella. Mama Teri's mom had made arrangements for Bella to live with Mama Teri's sister and niece after she passed. Bella was lucky to go to a home filled with love and compassion instead of being on a shelf at PetSmart next to the litter. But Bella's heart still longed for the woman she had grown up with.
Bella was suffering from cancer and was ready to join her Mom at the Bridge Her mom visited her in her dreams (we have the advantage of remembering our dream visits because pets' minds are more open to miracles than humans, which is why we still think the Mets can make the playoffs) and her mom asked her to stay just a little bit longer, and to play just a little bit longer, because she didn't mind, and if Bella don't mind, she could take a little time before she left it all behind to play one more time.
Bella could never refuse a request from her Mom. She said she would keep the Bridge at bay for as long as she could to ease the family's suffering over their mom's loss. She loved her mom's kids too.
One day last week, after being separated for months, Bella told her mom she missed her and was tired. Her Mom realized Bella had given all that she could and told her it was time for her to come to her true forever home.
There was a substantial amount of tears shed on the mortal side when Bella took her last mortal breath. Her soul came to rest in the River and once reunited with her body, she floated to the Bridge.
We dogs hurried over to the cat village to watch the reunion. We have greeted hundreds of pets who were saddened by their arrival. Finally, we had a soul yearning to be an angel. On top of that, we would have a mother and child reunion.
We were standing on a bluff above the Bridge. Judge Cotton was ready to give the oath. Next to her was Bella's Mom wearing the body she had on the last time Bella saw her. Loud cheers erupted as Bella climbed the stairs toward Cotton and her mom.
Bella anxiously waited as Cotton administered the oath, and then she jumped into her mother's arms. There were a lot of tears, but thankfully, they were happy tears. Bella didn't need any lessons about visiting her Mom on the mortal side. They were together again forever.
The last time I saw Bella and her mom Bella was happy curled up on her lap, and her Mom was contently stroking her. They looked like they could stay there for eternity.