Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sometimes we need to smile

Things like this give me hope that the world isn't all the way lost just yet. (p.s. - If you're a dog person, brace yourself). This email was in the stack of emails that usually greets you after neglecting it for a day, recounting a wonderful tale of human kindness.

There is a God in the Post Office

This is one of the kindest things I've ever experienced. I have no way to know who sent it, but there is a beautiful soul working in the dead letter office of the US postal service.

Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month.The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith

was crying and talking about ho w much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could, so she dictated these words:

Dear God,

Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.

I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.

Love, Meredith.

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven.

That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, 'To Meredith , in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet Dies.' Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,
Abbey arrived safely in heaven.

Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away.

Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.

Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you.

I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much.

By the way, I'm easy to find; I am wherever there is love.



Anonymous Girlinthecrosswalk said...

That makes me smile.

9:49:00 AM  
Blogger Cuppojoe said...

I think it's a sign of the jaded times we live in that this completely blew me away! What an amazing act of kindness!

I don't know if the person at the post office will ever find out how much this gesture is appreciated, but I certainly hope so!

9:52:00 AM  
Blogger Michael said...


a powerful post.

Take Care

10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANKS FOR MAKING ME CRY! Really Pete, this is a gorgeous post. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

10:06:00 AM  
Anonymous irunwithscissors said...

how sweet! now im all weepy!

10:15:00 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

This is beautiful. What a lovely thing someone did for your family. I am here via Yummysushipajamas. I want to say thank you for sharing such an uplifting story!

12:23:00 PM  
Blogger ramblin' girl said...

So very sorry to hear about Abbey, so very glad to hear of the kindness of strangers! Wow!

12:28:00 PM  
Blogger DutchBitch said...

OMG! That is SO beautiful, it made my eyes water. And it is NOT easy to make this bitch's eyes water... Wow..

12:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How sweet, if only there were more godlike people around, especilly in the post office here.xx

3:24:00 PM  

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