So, Ella has been through just about everything with me. A breakup, a number of awkward dates that usually ended at my front door with her eyes glaring at my new suitor. And the immediate love she seemed to have for the man that would become Daddy #2, a name that my husband and I lovingly joke about. The first night Ella met Chris she curled right up with him on the couch, barely raised and eyebrow when he kissed her mother, and spent just about every night of our courtship at our feet in the kitchen, the living room, the yard. Ella was pleased with my choice, but always kept me sight.
She went through an illness with me that brought my mother across the country to nurse me back to health and almost instinctively she new that Sue was good people. She loved my mother immediately. And my father later on, just as immediately. Then my brother, and so on. Some how Ella could tell who I loved and loved them too.
When the time came Ella, my best friend Adrienne, and I made the drive cross-country to our home and new life in Connecticut. Chris soon followed. Then Baltimore, then back to Connecticut, and finally settled in a place very far from where we first met. Through it all Ella has been the same. She is resilient, mellow, and a bit of a loner. She doesn't cuddle, she isn't a lap dog or a kisser, but when she loves you, well, you just know.
It has been a long 14 years of adventure and changes, but one constant has always remained, my Ella girl has always been by my side.
I have not thought much on Ella's passing when that day comes, but I do know that it will be one of the most awful days of my life. It is almost as difficult as imagining a family members death because really isn't she just that? For now she is healthy and happy and that is all I can hope for. She is slower, has a harder time hopping up into the car, and wakes us up at night to go out, but aside from these small things, she is still the same girl who I am blessed everyday to have in my life.
Happy 14th Ella! Here's to many more!
|The early days with Ella. We all look so young! Tucson, AZ 2001|