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My grandmother Evelyn passed away unexpectedly three days before my thirteenth birthday. She and I had always been close. My family’s house was only a few blocks down the street from the senior living facility where my grandmother resided, which was situated on the corner of Maple Avenue. As a child, I would go see her every afternoon after school let out. I loved going to see her; she had the most bubbly personality that had a way of making all of your troubles go away. Grandma Evelyn was my rock when I got older and started having problems at school.
The first time that I ever saw Valentino, my family and I were sitting outside in a large dog run. Pomeranians skirted past us, excited to be outside on that warm sunny day. Some of them avoided us, as many of the dogs at NMDR do. NMDR stands for National Mill Dog Rescue, an absolutely wonderful organization located outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Valentino was the most skittish out of the group of dogs that my family chose to visit that day. As soon as he was brought into the enclosure, he found a safe place to hide and kept as far away from us as possible. As someone who had already lived with three other mill rescue dogs, I wasn’t surprised when he hid himself away.
How I Found Clarity During The Pandemic
Twenty-twenty was a doozy of a year. Like many others, I fell into a bit of a funk when the pandemic hit because my life as I knew it had been completely turned upside down. I was uprooted from all of my favorite classes during my last semester of college and forced to continue on Zoom, which was no substitute for my highly interactive language classes. I left my job, with no real plan at all and was suddenly thrust into unemployment. Worst of all, I was stuck inside for weeks at a time with only my thoughts which drove me to the brink of insanity. Yet I was still one of the fortunate ones in that my husband never lost his job and we never had to worry about food and shelter like many other struggling families out there. We have been very blessed in this regard.