"Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives." ~John Galsworthy
10 years I shared with that little bird. A friend of mine wrote me a very kind email, she said, "You have been very much in my thoughts and heart. I know how very empty and quiet your house must feel right now. Despite the presence of Tycho and the kitty, there is still a parakeet-sized hole in your home and heart..." Her words really touched me. Though it pains me, I wouldn't have traded the experience.
“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” ~Norman Cousins