“How do we begin?” we ask. “Where do we start”To talk about 2015 without a song to impart?
Lines of “all we want for Christmas are Seeing Eye Dogs just won’t do,
But with this rhyme we’ll try to summarize this year for you.
Maybe if we’re quick about it, maybe if we’re fast,
It won’t feel like the eternity we’ve lived to read of this year past.”
Phil’s now a double amputee and spent most of the year healing.
But the sore on his leg is the physical wound, not the grief that he is feeling.
Three days before Phil came home, his guide dog Garron died.
He acted fine and touched so many, despite the cancer inside.
Zane was a major comfort in the months of Phil’s home stay,
But when Phil went back to work, Zane also went away.
He retired with a friend and is doing well while at his new home base.
With a younger Black Lab “brother”, we know he’s in a good place!
The Kragnes house feels so empty now without at least four paws,
But it’s out in public we feel less sure, and there’s a double cause.
The cane or wheelchair aren’t preferred for ways we’d like to travel,
How the public treats us without our guide dogs makes our spirits unravel.
On December 14 Phil’s mom went home to be with her Lord,
Where her memory gone for years is sure to be restored.
But memories of Anna with friends and family live on,
And will be shared for years to come although her spirit has gone.
Phil’s adjustable Lanyards or “PALs” are currently his pastime.
PALs may turn into more than a hobby, maybe a little sideline.
Rebecca still does her music at The Malt Shop and at Church.
She longs to write her songs again and is on the search,
For the creative juices which feel so dry, but one day they will flow.
Perhaps as life improves and steadies it will happen so.
The highlight of 2015 was seeing Stevie Wonder.
That night in March kept us afloat when it felt we were going under.
Rebecca’s Internet Radio shows are now at stations they fit.
It took trying several before finding comfy places to sit.
Peach Tree Radio FM hosts her Keyboard Kaleidoscope,
Radio For Life hosts Blessing Blend, a Christian show of hope.
And hope is one thing we still have despite the crummy year.
2016 is bound to be better, and it’s almost here!
A friend keeps reminding Rebecca it takes many a baby step.
Rebecca appreciates family and friends for their influx of pep.
Phil got rid of home health care, recently his wound vac.
It’s the first of many baby steps which will bring normalcy back.
Next the wound will completely heal then a new prosthetic limb,
Will allow Phil to walk again! what a joyous day for him!
There are a lot of factors on which it will depend,
When both of us will meet and train with a future furry friend.
Next summer The American Council of the Blind will be in town,
We look forward to seeing friends who attend. We’ll definitely be around!
Are Advent may be long, and our Christmases be late.
But our Thanksgiving will go beyond the turkey as we wait.
Thanks for the countless favors of our friends and family.
Thanks for the financial support for the ramp on Go Fund Me.
Most importantly for being with us through this rough, tough period,
And listening to our complaints and whines of which there’s been myriad!
Next year this letter will be written from at least one canine.
We’ll go back to a carol with words which fit the song in every line.
We hope your years have been better than the one which we have seen.
Merry Christmas happy solstice, Chanukah, quanza blessed twenty sixteen!