February and March 2020 - Featured Inspirational Story
Mary and her husband Jim had a dog called Lucky and he was a real character.
Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a weekend visit, they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck his fancy. Inevitably, someone would forget and something would come up missing. Mary or Jim would go to Lucky's toy box in the basement and there the treasure would be amid all of Lucky's favourite toys. Lucky always stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toys stay in the box.
It happened that Mary found out she had breast cancer. Something told her she was going to die of this disease; she was just sure it was fatal. She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding on her shoulders.
The night before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Lucky. A thought struck her - what would happen to Lucky? Although the three-year-old dog liked Jim, he was Mary's dog through and through. 'If I die, Lucky will fell abandoned', Mary thought. 'He won't understand that I didn't want to leave him'. The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death.
The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors had anticipated and Mary was hospitalized for over two weeks. Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped his head and was miserable.
Finally, the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Mary was so exhausted she couldn't even make it up the steps to her bedroom. Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to nap.
Lucky stood watching Mary but he didn't come to her when she called. It made Mary sad but a need to sleep soon overcame. When Mary awoke her very deep sleep she couldn't understand what was wrong. She couldn't move her body and it felt heavy and hot. But panic soon gave way to laughter when Mary realized the problem.
She was covered, literally blanketed, with every treasure Lucky owned! While she had slept, the sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement bringing his beloved mistress all his favourite things in life.
He had covered her with his love. Mary forgot about dying. Instead she and Lucky began living again, walking further and further together every night. Lucky continues to steal treasures from Mary and Jim’s guests and stashes them in his toy box, but Mary remained his greatest treasure.