“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more.”
The death of a pet is something unavoidable in life, and often a part of many children’s early experiences. It is one of life’s greatest, saddest lessons.
But it helps if parents are there to communicate to the child what is going on and why, and to help them deal with these tragic events.
An 8-year-old boy featured in the most heartbreaking viral video we’ve seen all week felt those words too deeply on his young soul. While he may be too young to appreciate Shakespeare’s poetry, he certainly isn’t too young to know the truth contained.
“Life is but a walking shadow,” a fleeting moment in time, and in the blink of an eye, it is no more. Life struts at his steady pace, cycling his circles around the sun, before that final set on the evening of our lives.
Our little friend felt this cruel, blunt edge of death when he had to say goodbye to BaoBao, the best friend he’s had by his side his whole life. BaoBao has had a long life, a span of 17 years which exceeds his predicted life expectancy by three birthdays.
When BaoBao was hit by a car, the family had to make the decision to put him down. And thus, our little lover of life discovered the cruelest truth of all: that it does not last forever.
But life is valuable and precious because it is fleeting. We all know this. It is nothing but a beautiful symphony of chaos that lasts as long as a glimpse before the final curtain falls and we know it’s warmth no longer.
The son is upset, but by the end of the video, he seems to finally understand it’s time to let her go. He adds, “But I’ll miss her.”
“I’ll miss her too,” the father replies.
So friends, tonight, appreciate the gift of life with which you’ve been blessed. Eat, drink, be merry, and remember that life is beautiful, but it is short. And while you’re at it, please SHARE this story with friends and family.