Then Kim, our operation manager, sang the song "Ripple" accompanied by guitar played by one of our few male volunteers. I didn't know that Kim had such a beautiful singing voice, even though she claims to have only sung in public when she is drunk. After that someone read an excerpt from "Platero", which described the experiences shared by a poet and his little donkey companion.
As we arrived at Memorial Hill we were all given a flower to remember an animal friend, so after the reading it was time to remember particular animals who have graced our lives, one by one we came forward to place our flower into a vase and as we did so, speak the name of the animal we were remembering and if you wished you could include a one sentence dedication to your animal friend. I remembered Augusta, who gave me my very first donkey hug. When Helia came up to remember her Danny, that' s when I started to cry, of course she had to say Danny, the sweetest of them all.
We then said a collective Remembrance and closed with a song by Kim and Gavin.
These were only a few of the friends we remembered:
Fan, who my daughter just adored
Danny, the sweetest of them all
Windy, who will always be Cheryl's favourite girl
Gypsy, Juliet's Sister
Chiclet, Cheri's favourite
Peaches, the poorest creature ever to arrive at the DSCPinta (Orly's daughter), Muffin, Nicholas, and the many more that went before my time.
In Gladness and in safety, may all beings be at ease
whatever living beings there may be:
whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,
the great or the mighty, medium, short or small,
the seen and the unseen, those living near and far away,
those born, to-be-born and those who have died,
may all beings be at ease.