Today, I lose my best friend.
I’ve had a lot of friends tell me that the year they turned 27 was the worst year they had experienced. I guess it has something to do with it being around the time that all of the ‘real life’ stuff starts to sink in and the responsibilities of being an ‘adult’ really take a front seat - full time work has lost its novelty, and lifelong friendships have begun to evolve (and sometimes devolve) as everybody heads along their life’s road.
For me though, 2012 wasn’t such a bad year.
And 2013 seems to be trying to make up for that.
A little over two months ago I lost my last grandparent. My grandmother passed away very quickly, and almost entirely without warning. While her passing was a shock to us all, she left us as a happy, wilful lady, and I will always remember her as the strong woman that she was, right up until the day she left us.
It has been two months since then, but the all too familiar sensation of mourning has washed over me once again, as today I have said my last goodbye to my best friend.
Bosley grew up with me. He walked alongside me as I became a man. And now he’s gone.
To some people, Bosley was just a dog, a food obsessed beagle.
Anybody who has had a dog knows that they are much more than that, and to me, Bosley was my confidant, my partner in grand adventures, and the best friend I could have hoped for.
He was always there for me, and even today, he sat with me on the couch, not really understanding why I was upset. But he stayed with me, like a best friend does.
I will never forget the way his tail wagged with such force that his whole body shook when he saw me at the door.
Or the excitement on his face when I called out for him, as if to him those few minutes that we’d been apart had felt like years.
I have always wanted to leave my imprint on this world, but that dog has left his imprint on me.
Bosley and I spent hours just sitting and playing together on the cliffs at Maroubra, and I have never wanted to do anything more than to go back there right now and just sit, with my dog by my side, and watch the world go by.
Hey 2013, I really don’t have much left in the tank to give you, so do me a favour and ease up. Its only April.