25 April 2009

Mourning Dogs

The morning after Moky died, I made a single phone call to a neighbor - a woman about my age whose family has been close to ours for a long long time. In what seemed like an instant, there were four women in the kitchen with my sister and me, drinking coffee, laughing, eating bagels, sniffling - someone called it "sitting shiksa".

The day after the memorial party, my brother and my sister and four of the grandchildren and I went for a walk down to the water, where the little people turned over rocks looking for crabs.

We're not Jewish. We don't sit shiva. But somehow, our walk to the bay was like what Jews do at the end of the shiva, a walk around the block to signify a return to daily living.

On the way back, we saw a lost dog sign plastered to a telephone pole. Moky would have liked the sign, and I believe she'd have assumed that the dog ran away because his owner is grammatically and punctuationally challenged:

Missing dog
Dogs name is jack
Problem is he is afraid of
people, so if you see him
call me at...

Or maybe his owner's a poet.

14 comments:

painted maypole said...

So many handmade signs make me laugh. Or cringe.

(When you mention being punCtuationally challenged you may discover that you had a bit of a challenge spelling)

Aunt Becky said...

Love the poem.

Bethany said...

Whenever we find a dime, we think of my grandpa, who collected them. ("I need my quarters for spending, a nickel is to big, and pennies aren't worth enough," he'd say.)

May you continue to find Moky in your every day life, even as it moves forward.

wheelsonthebus said...

i would run away from such apostrophe abuse

Magpie said...

Ack - I fixed my spelling error!

Ree said...

I prefer to think it was poetic. ;-)

Here Jack!!!

phd in yogurtry said...

I love the symbolism of a walk to the bay with Moky's loved ones. All remembering but ready to let go.

the mama bird diaries said...

This is a lovely post. And funny too.

Angeline said...

*laugh* Thank you for a wonderful start to my Sunday...

Woman in a Window said...

Poor jack. Hope he makes it home alright. Come on, we need a happy ending, dammit!

Mayberry said...

I think Jack wants the respect of an initial cap before he'll return.

Gwen said...

I'm going with poet.

heidi said...

can i have permission to steal that? (sitting shiksa)
great post. xoh

needleinahaystack said...

"Call to me" maybe?
Anyhow, do I have to keep reminding the person who saved my hamantashen recipe----you are a Jew. Of course all Christians were Jews, but it is the questioning sensibility and the belief that we don't know all of the unknowables or something. Maybe you really are a Jew.