A year ago today, China passed. Without a warning, without any notice anything was wrong, without time. Life goes on, but it took a long time to get used to not looking at the clock every now and then to see where we were in her cycle. It took a long time to stop looking for her as I walked in the door. It's taken time to adjust to a world without her. On this special, awful day, I am thinking of her and missing her. Hug your kitties today for me. You never know when, in the blink of an eye, they'll be gone. A year ago you left me, To fly to a special place. You left me very quickly, With tears running down my face. I know you are healthy and happy, With friends both old and new. But know that on this special, awful day, Your mama still thinks of you. A year ago you left me, To start a new adventure Among the clouds and rainbows, Your memory I'll always treasure. The butterflies are slow there, and easy for you to chase, But I look forward to the coming day When we'll share a long embrace. A year ago you left me, With tears running down my face To join the celestial kingdom, surrounded by His Holy Grace. Your mama misses you China.