Cheers to Steve Arevalo, Big-hearted Teddy Bear of a community activist! May his spirit soar in joy and peace throughout the Universe!
This story is for you, Steve.
Agathe the Aardvark stood at the podium, looking out at the enormous room filling up quickly with Rhonda the Raccoon's family, friends, and colleagues. All the bayside windows and doors were wide open for Rhonda's ocean friends to be part of the memorial. Agathe listened to snippets of conversation among sniffles and loving laughter:
"We could always count on sweet Rhonda."
"I hope she bit him deep and hard, I do."
"If only she didn't have such a temper."
"That evil man deserved what he got. Rescinding environmental regulations, poo!"
"The Humans should be thankful Rhonda's last words were for us to stand down and not seek revenge."
Agathe turned to the portrait of Rhonda hanging over the stage. She will miss her dark-eyed friend, her radiant smile and resplendent heart. One of a kind, Rhonda was, thought the aardvark, always standing up for civil rights and justice. Agathe's soul ached as she glanced at a few of Rhonda's handmade signs on display.
Clang, clang, clang, clang. clang, clang. . . .
Agathe picked up her bell on the podium and joined all the animals who held up their bells proudly and gladly with hands, paws, mouths, or tails. Five minutes later, the bell tolls dissolved into a reverent silence for their Rhonda. The aardvark took a deep breath and led the audience into singing Rhonda's favorite song.
R is the theme for this week of ABC Wednesday. Check out the meme here and the list of this week's participants here. Thank you much, ABCW team!