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February 13, 2011
I didn't come to Whole Foods expecting to buy a Yahrzeit light, but here I am, holding one in my hand, trying not to squeeze it until it breaks. Instead, the sadness manifests itself in a more acceptable manner, and here I am, crying in the aisle.

It's been three years since my dog left this world. I haven't lit a traditional candle yet. I'm not religious. Do I want to do this? Is it "proper" to do this for a dog?

Since when have I cared about propriety?

I place the candle in my cart and want to die.