"Watch two old burros standing together quietly and you will know the true meaning of friendship." By Inger W.
It is Sunday morning as I write this and I just found out that Benjamin has died. Benjamin is the donkey in the picture and I think he was just adorable. This is sort of strange because I never met Benjamin and yet I am so very sad to find out about his passing.
I have come to care a lot about him and his donkey best friend in the past year. When their previous owner passed away suddenly, I was worried about the donkeys. They had just found each other and became best friends right away. I wrote the above quote a couple of years ago after getting to know donkeys and noticing how attached they would sometimes get to a companion donkey. Since you can't explain to them why they can no longer be together, I hoped and prayed that someone would take in both Benjamin and his best friend.
And this wonderful woman did and I thought that now they could both live together, happily, ever after. I thought these two would be friends for a long time to come. Sadly, that was not to be and my heart goes out both to the donkey left behind and to Linda, the woman who adopted Benjamin and his friend. Linda cared so much for Benjamin, she has worried about him since his surgery, hoping, praying, and asking all of her friends to pray for his recovery. And that's how I came to know Benjamin better. For the past week, I have prayed for him and I have thought about him all the time and now that he is gone I'm really sad.
I heard that the little donkey that was Benjamin's best friend may have bonded to one of Linda's horses. I hope so because he has been through so many changes in recent years and deserves to settle down and enjoy his life.
Linda, I am so sorry for your loss and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I know how much you loved Benjamin. I also know that he loved you very much and knew you wanted only the best for him.
Your friend, Inger