Before Ryan was born, I was gifted the cutest picture frame. It was intended to hold a photo of a child and his dog, and is labelled "Best Buds." It obviously made me cry. I'm a huge softy for my dog, Chase. And wanted and wished so much for them to get along someday. Chase is also a big softy, so I was sure it was inevitable. I couldn't wait for them to meet each other.
The frame has sat empty in Ryan's room for months and months now. And I finally got tired of seeing the generic boy and his dog staring back at me for all of these months. So I changed it. I had my favourite photo of Chase with my bump printed, and put it in the frame.
Though it seems silly to be putting finishing touches like that in Ryan's room knowing he won't be coming to this place, I still have to do these things. There's this little voice in my head urging me to do what feels right. And that feels right. In a way it feels like an acknowledgement that, no, they never got to meet earth-side, and will never get to meet. But Chase still knew he was coming. And Ryan knew how much he was loved.
Even by the furriest member of our family.