My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years, maybe more. Any separation from you will be very painful. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
Place your trust in me – it is crucial for my well being. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment. I have only you.
Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I understand your voice when you speak to me. Be aware that however you treat me, I’ll never forget it.
Never hit me! Remember I have teeth that could crush the bones in your hand, and claws that can tear your skin… but I choose not to hurt you.
Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, or I’ve been out in the sun too long, maybe I have a cold, or my heart may be getting old and weak.
Take care of me when I get old. You, too, will grow old. I have trusted you all this time.
Go with me on difficult journeys, Never say, “I can’t bear to watch it” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there.
In the event something happens to me… naturally, or accidentally… remember I loved you, and I thank you now, for taking such good care of me while we were together.
Please burn a candle for me on the day of our parting, to shed light for me at the bridge. Light one for me each year on that day, to brighten your heart with the memories you carry of me. I am with you always and forever… until we meet again.