The following story was written by Ed White in e-mails to relatives about events in our home occurring over 2-3 days in late March 2016. Solvi is 8 1/2 years old, and we live in the northeastern end of the southern US.
3/27/16 – Goodbyes
After finding out that we apparently were successful rescuing Peanut the baby squirrel, it was time to lay his sibling Maria to rest. We chose a spot in Solvi’s fairy garden and picked a range of spring flowers to accompany her. I added one picture of some the fairy garden, which has survived the winter without looking too shabby.
The burial was not as somber an event as it might’ve been, due to the good news about Peanut, restored to health and on his way to a wildlife rehab center. Solvi has had a bit of practice at burials this past year: my cat MereKat, her betta fish Amethyst, and the kitten Pumpkin last October. She settled on a perfect choice of beds for Maria: she fit just perfectly inside a large red tulip blossom.
I have to catch myself constantly to keep from saying we “planted” Maria. It’s all one, though, since we always plant special things above each grave, and when I refer to the plants growing there later, the plants’ names generally become the pet beneath them. MereKat is now an Irish Juniper with catnip. Amethyst is now a Cranesbill Geranium. Pumpkin is now a dwarf Ginkgo with Hyacinths. We haven’t decided what Maria will become just yet, but we’ll figure it out in the next week or so.
Starting with Pumpkin, Solvi’s also been adding stone grave markers, too. She picks one of our flat paving stones from the pile out back, lays it flat beside the grave. Then with a Sharpie, adds the name and a picture. After marking Maria’s stone, she decided Pumpkin’s needed refreshing, too, as you can see.