Today was a sad day in my daughter’s life. Today Kendra lost her dear pet Marshmallows.
When Ronnie and I went into Kendra’s bedroom and sat on her bed with her, we didn’t know what to expect her reaction to be. She immediately burst into tears upon hearing the news. This cry was different from her usual brands of tears – this one was heartbroken, devastated, mournful. She seemed so young to me at that moment, yet strangely so grown-up too. While she was crying over the loss of her fluffy pet, she was also experiencing loss for the first time in her life. Our hearts hurt for her.
Max came in and upon hearing the news looked at his sister and with genuine sincerity offered to share his rabbit with her. It was sweet. He recognized the true pain his sister was experiencing. He wanted to help. He decided to go out with his daddy and help with the burial preparations.
Kendra and I made a gravestone. I asked her what she wanted to put on it, and she burst into tears again. “I just loved her so much,” she told me. So, that’s what we decided she should write – “I love you Marshmallows.”
When we went outside for the burial, Kendra wanted to put something special in the grave. She decided on a picture of herself. She laid the picture so tenderly on the shoebox that contained her special pet. Then Ronnie covered the grave with dirt.
Kendra ran in the house, still visibly upset. She went to her room and got paper and a marker then went back outside to the grave. She proceeded to write a beautiful letter to Marshmallows, a heartfelt eulogy in the words of a six-year-old. She folded the letter and put it under the gravestone. She needed to say goodbye in her own way.
My baby lost her first friend today, but in doing so, she showed us what a strong, sensitive, sweet young lady she is.
And that is why, when we found Max’s rabbit dead a few days later, I told Kendra that I accidentally left the rabbit hutch open and he got away.