My life is likely to last
10 to 15 years, maybe more. Any separation from you will
be very painful. Give me time to understand what you
want of me.
Place your trust in me
- it is crucial for my well being. Don't be angry with
me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have
your work, your friends, your entertainment. I have only
Talk to me. Even if I
don't understand your words, I understand your voice
when you speak to me. Be aware that however you treat
me, I'll never forget it.
Never hit me! Remember
I have teeth that could crush the bones in your hand,
and claws that can tear your skin... but I choose not to
Before you scold me for
being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something
might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right
food, or I've been out in the sun too long, maybe I have
a cold, or my heart may be getting old and weak.
Take care of me when I
get old. You, too, will grow old. I have trusted you all
Go with me on difficult
journeys, Never say, "I can't bear to watch it" or "Let
it happen in my absence." Everything is easier for me if
you are there.
In the event something
happens to me... naturally, or accidentally... remember
I loved you, and I thank you now, for taking such good
care of me while we were together.
Please burn a candle
for me on the day of our parting, to shed light for me
at the bridge. Light one for me each year on that day,
to brighten your heart with the memories you carry of
me. I am with you always and forever... until we meet