By Melissa Lok
You were there when no one else was, when the world hated me and did everything it could to break me down. You were there to show me that I mattered and that I did belong regardless of what mistakes I had made in the past. You never judged me for leaving you when you really needed me. You never held a grudge for more than a couple of minutes. You taught me how to be patient when I wanted you to rush from place to place. You always knew how to ease my pain and calm me down during some of the hardest moments of my teenage years. You showed me that life was too short to be mad at all the time. Life has never been the same since you left.
I think about you all the time. I wish you were here to calm me down. You always understood me when no one else did and you never left my side. I wonder what it would be like if you were still here? But I know youâ€™re in a better place where everyone is happy and doesnâ€™t have to deal with fixing the problems of the ones they love. I miss you more than any word can describe. I could use some of your life lessons right about now. Life is not the same without you.
You will always be with me wherever I go. I will never forget all the great moments we shared together including the time you needed to kick my butt to get me back on track. For those moments, I am truly grateful and will always cherish. Thanks for everything. I have grown so much from being with you and you will always hold a special place in my heart. From all the bites and scratches, to the jumps and hugs, I will never forget who you were and how unconditional you were with life and those you loved. Life will never be the same without you.
*This is dedicated to my pet rabbit, Wilbur, who I spent eleven wonderful years with. My dad and I adopted him from a private owner in Berkeley, California, when he was three months old. Out of all of his brothers and sisters, Wilbur was the one I disliked the most since he had a lively attitude. I wanted his brother who just lay in my hands and didnâ€™t move. My dad ultimately chose Wilbur because, â€œHe is active and has personality.â€ We took him home later on that day where my brother named him. I spent the next couple of nights sleeping next to his cage since he would not drink water or eat food. Ever since that day, I have never looked back and cherished all the wonderful memories we shared together.