November is as good of a time as any to get a little sappy. Life has been hard and taking a beat to be grateful for the little and huge things will be good for me.
Let’s start with someone tiny who means something huge.
Over three years ago my friend came to my parents’ house where I was watching their dogs. He brought someone named Lizzie. Lizzie hid in the bathroom. Lizzie batted at dogs.
Lizzie moved with me to my apartment and was renamed. I tried to do it slowly like Lorelei with Paul Ainka, but like Lorelei I gave up quickly on the change from Lizzie to Lily to Gilly to Gildy to Gilda.
One giant leap. And now she’s set to stay with me forever. I love her. She kneads my aching abdomen. She hugs me around the neck when I hold her. She curls up beside me in bed when I cry and cry.
I need her. And I hope she needs me.
Thanks, Gilda Catner.