My dearest Maya
We've had a wonderful two years
In each other's lovely company
Remember when I first found you
On that sunny day in the pet store?
The others all looked the same
Only you were different
With your tan silky head
And the long stripe running down your back
You alone had a mischievous gleam
In your tiny beady black eyes
I knew at once that you were the one
That would be coming home with me
Remember how curious you were?
You were so excited and full of wonder
Exploring your new hammock and your chube
Remember when we played outside
and how you would hop and run about on the grass?
It was unbelievably cute and sweet
It made me love you even more
Do you remember how you used to lick my fingers?
Your itty bitty tongue was so smooth and soft
I treasure every single ratty kiss
I loved to stroke your small velvety ears
And peck the tip of your quivering nose
Others shuddered at your naked little rat tail
But I thought it was awesome
Just another perfect piece of my new little friend
Remember how you once rolled over in the grass
And let me scratch and rub your furry little tummy?
It made me laugh aloud
and your funny little antics
Remember how you would run around in circles over my shoulders
Tickling me mercilessly?
I loved watching you hide in my hair
Or slide off my shoulders into my waiting hands
You hated baths
Remember when you tried to leap out of them?
I had to hold you down to scrub you with a toothbrush
And then you'd poop
I apologize for the times I neglected to clean your cage on time
Shame on me for the times I forgot or put it off
I do hope you forgive me
Do you recall how I never closed your cage door
Not until you were safely and happily back in your cage?
That door won't be closing now
Now that you've moved on and are exploring Heaven before me
So unfair my dearest little Maya
But I still love you
I'll miss you
So very very much
To quote my favorite children's book
Just for you my dearest Maya...
"I love you to the moon and back"
Because that is a very long ways indeed...