My last installment of "The Chloe Chronicles" from the December 2013 print edition of Bark magazine is now up on the Bark's website. I handed in this installment about three weeks before Chloe died. In this piece, I wrote about how Chloe was slowing down and showing signs of aging. I wrote about how I was starting to worry that some day she might get sick and die. I had no idea she was actually quite sick, yet as I re-read the piece, the signs are there.
I don't know how to react upon re-reading this. I could feel
ashamed and horrified that I treated her "signs of aging" so lightly; or
I could feel awed that, at some level, we got to say goodbye in such a such a deep way.
awes me most is the pull-quote Bark chose to use. A few months ago,
when I expressed my concerns about to Chloe that I wouldn't be able to
handle it if she got sick, she replied (telepathically, of course):
"Don't worry. We are together now. That's all that matters. And when the
time comes, you will still be with me and I will be with you."
Thank you, Bark Magazine, for publishing The Chloe Chronicles and allowing me to honor her in this way.
Here's a link to the column. Enjoy!