Patrick was excited too, but there was something he really wanted
to tell Cricket first. He brought her to the special garden that
he and Henry and the terriers had made to honor Guinness. He waited
until the day the Gumdrop tree was in full bloom, which of course, was
the anniversary of when Guinness crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
“When I come to this garden, I feel like Guinness is close to me
somehow,” Patrick told his fiancée.
“It is beautiful here,” Cricket said with a sigh. She could tell
that it was still very painful for Patrick to talk about losing Guinness.
"This is the most beautiful place on earth," agreed Patrick. "When
I come here, I feel like she is up there somewhere, helping us.
I think she is the one that sent the rescue dust for you and Molly Malone.
I feel like she sent you to me, special delivery to have and to hold."
Cricket listened while Patrick shared his memories of the only mother
he ever knew.
“I was taken away from my own mother so fast to be sold, that I never
knew her. Guinness was like a mother to me though, and I still miss
her so much.”
He whispered in his heart, “Guinness, if you can hear me, I'd like
you to meet Cricket. We are going to be married soon. I feel
like she was sent by heaven, and so it must have been you. If it
was you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. PS., I love you and I miss
Patrick knew the lump in his throat would turn to tears at any second.
“It's so hard to lose someone you love,” he told Cricket. "But I'm
so glad I have you!"
“I wish I could have known her,” she said in reply. “She must
have been very special."