and may you have no more sorrow

This is a special post for our friends who live very far away from us in New York. They have lost a precious member of their family, an adorable little dog named Butterfly, this weekend. She succumbed to many health issues and passed away in her mother’s arms.

If we lived close to them, we would be at their home tonight to mourn with them as they sit shiva – we would be bringing them a bite to eat and a treat for Butterfly’s sister Cricket who is the inspiration for The Cricket Pages, the blog that introduced us to their family.

Every weekend I looked forward to Rachel’s posts that always included Cricket and Butterfly’s antics – sometimes funny, sometimes more serious – but always entertaining.

I will miss Butterfly from now on. I hope she and The Red Man get to meet somewhere and swap stories.

May God comfort you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and may you have no more sorrow.


About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Naynay to her two granddaughters Ella and Molly James who light up her life for real. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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9 Responses to and may you have no more sorrow

  1. Wayside Artist says:

    When a fellow dog lover loses a dear companion, we all grieve. The memory of the loss of our own pets ripples just below consciousness. I’m sorry for Rachel’s loss, and should she read this, my heart would travel with Slow and Pretty to bring you comfort.

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  2. kirbappeal says:

    What a heartfelt post. So sorry to hear of this loss.

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    • Thanks so much, Jenn. The blogging community is like an extended family when you’ve been with some people for 8 years. That’s a plus and unexpected benefit – I hope you find yours, too!


  3. Miss Butterfly would be so lucky to find The Red Man. What a comforting thought that they would be sitting together, gossiping and sharing treats.

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  4. Luanne says:

    Oh, that is so nice that you did this, Sheila. I feel for Rachel and for dear little Cricket, losing Butterfly without warning, really.

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  5. Thanks for letting us know Sheila. Have followed their blog for years and missed this.

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