I was sad when Millie crossed the Bridge last year, because I couldn’t follow her, and I thought that meant I wouldn’t see her again. But on New Year’s Eve, something strange happened.
We were getting ready to go out, and I was excited because we were going to a dinner party at Snip and Frieda’s. Suddenly, the excitement drained out of me and I had a strong urge to lie down on Millie’s bed (which is still in the living room). I found myself lying in an awkward crouch, like a cricket, which was the exact position Millie used to lie in when she was old and hurting. I could feel her presence all around me, though I couldn’t see her.
It could have been down to too much party food, but that night I had a dream that felt even more real than when I’m awake. I was out on a walk with Snip and Frieda, and I found Millie walking beside me. I said, ‘How come I can see you? I didn’t think I was allowed across the Bridge.’ Millie said, ‘You can’t come to my side, but I can come to yours.’
Since then I’ve met Millie several times in dreams, and she always looks young, healthy and happy. I asked her why I couldn’t see her when I was awake, and she said, ‘How do you know you’re not awake now?’ I said, ‘This is a dream. I want to see you again in real life.’ But she just said, ‘The place where we meet is more real than “real” life.’
Lately our conversations have taken a more practical turn – she’s nagging me about this month’s post. I told her I’ve been busy helping Annabelle with her latest book. ‘I’ve been astral travelling to Storyland and bringing back ideas, like you taught me,’ I said. ‘That’s good!’ she said. ‘But you mustn’t neglect our blog. Our readers will expect a post from you at least once a month.’
This isn’t going to be easy. Last month I had a lot to say, but this month I seem to have run out of ideas. I’m hoping it’s just the January blues, because I don’t want to let Millie down when she’s taught me so well.
After all, if it wasn’t for her, I’d still be talking Doglish!
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Header and end photo Debra Allen Photography