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Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | Shani (92)

In loving memory of my best friend, Shani 2010 – 2021

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

In loving memory of the kindest soul, you are the light and joy of my life. You have given me more love than any human being ever deserves.

May you rest in peace. We love you, my darling.

We will miss your heavy footsteps up and down the stairs. Your bored long sighs. Your crazy eye brows.

I will especially miss how you’ve trained me to be a better person. A kinder human being. How you’ve made our family whole, taught us patience, how to play, be in the moment. You’ve even taught this middle age woman how to kick a soccer ball! Be her companion in the darkest nights, be her source of light. You’ve taught me truly what it means to love without condition, without judgement.

I will miss you barking at me the entire time I’m swimming as though I’m drowning. I will miss your wimpy nature when it comes to scary things like banging doors and getting a bath. I will miss your kisses, your greetings when I come home. I will your bits of fur in my mouth. Your breath on my face in the early hours of the morning. I will miss dearly your disapproval of my poor way of serving your food, your disapproving stare I will miss it.

I will miss you sharing your favourite squeaky toy to the newest stranger to our house. Your love of steak, cheese and edamame.

I will miss how beautiful you are, beyond any indescribable words.

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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