07-02-2019, 06:31 PM
You did nothing wrong and you gave Ing a very good life.
It's always difficult when our darling little friends leave us so unexpectedly. I lost one of my birds in the same way this year and I know the devastation you are feeling.
Try to focus on the positive memories.
I know that Ing was much loved and will be sorely missed.
I'll lend you, Fly high and soar freely darling Ing; rest peacefully now wee man.
for a little while, a bird of mine, He said.
For you to love while he lives,
and mourn when he is dead.
It may be six or seven years, or maybe two or three
But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you, and shall his stay be brief,
You'll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, as all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there I want this bird to learn.
I've looked the whole world over in my search for teachers true,
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes, I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love - not think this labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come to call, to take him back again.
I fancied that I heard them say, 'Dear Lord, thy will be done.'
For all the joy this bird shall bring, the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shower him with tenderness and love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known, forever grateful stay.
And should the angels call for him much sooner than we planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.
Modified from poem by Edgar A. Guest