Saying Goodbye to My Fur-Brother: Gizmo “Old Man”


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

 

Tomorrow, I will be saying goodbye to my “Old Man”.  Gizmo was my Fur-Brother for over 15 years or more. He has been with my family for his whole life, but due to moving and new landlord issues. I had to make a heart breaking decision to re-home him immediately or surrender him to the animal shelter down town. I believe that I have found the best home for him and he will be able to live his life with a family, instead of living in a cage the rest of his life.

I am so happy to have I met his new pet parent by phone today and I told her all about him. I really am excited for him to start a new life, but it is a bittersweet emotion I am feeling tonight. He is a loyal, sweet, and fun dog to love or adore as much as I do. My family adored him as well, because of his laid back personality. He loves playing with cats and other dogs around his size.

Gizmo’s Journey So Far

I have always been his “Sissy”, since the day that he was born to my momma’s Poodle and her Chihuahua mix. He was my granddad’s puppy/dog for many years, until he passed away. Then, my mother claimed him and cared for him. I moved in with my mom six years ago to help her out, but unfortunately both mine and her situation has changed. Recently, mom was placed in a nursing home for health reasons.

Additionally, my husband and I moved as well, but now we have Gizmo with us fulltime. He loves it but my landlord doesn’t. Thankfully, I was given time to find him a very good home. I did my screening and I know that he will adjust well to his new companion. Gizmo and I have a very strong family bond, which will make this a very hard step for me to make. Pray for me that Gizmo, my momma, and I will both have the strength to adjust from this change in our lives.

I have so many memories with him, but he has over the last few years he has become partly deaf and partly blind. However, throughout these changes, he has literally stayed right by me and my husband. I will miss him so much every day, but I know deep in my heart that he is getting a new pet parent that will love him as much as my family has. Thank you for the prayers people has sent out on his behalf, in order to guide meto the best home for him.

I will keep in contact with his new pet parent, until he crosses the rainbow bridge.

To Gizmo: Sissy loves you always and you truly hung the moon. Thanks for the sweet and special memories that we have shared.

Sorry to be so emotional

Thank you stopping by,

©2016, Crystal S. Kauffman

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The Boy Who Has My Heart


By, Lilly Maxwell, Guest Blogger

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He was my only friend in 5th grade,

It’s almost six years later.

We are still best friends, 

He’s been there for me through thick and thin.

He’s picked me up when I was down,

I love him and I know he loves me too.

I’ve always been his,

Even when I didn’t think I was.

He’s the boy who has my heart,

I have his!

©2016, Lilly Maxwell

My First Kiss


By, Crystal S.Kauffman, Staff Writer

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Tonight I am in exotic bliss,

Since, I experienced my first kiss.

As you walked me to my door,

My lips begged for more.

As I say good night and climb in bed,

A full moon is shining overhead.

My heart is dancing with delight,

This will be a memorable night.

No one can change this magical day,

For you left me with so much to say.

My life will never be the same,

This first kiss will always remain.

©2010, Crystal S. Kauffman

Anniversary of a Dream


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By, Crystal S. Kauffman Staff Writer

Missing the moments we spent,
Wondering where the time went.
Time has passed without a glance,
Sometimes, I wish I took that chance.

On our anniversary of the day we met,
I can’t help but wonder if I will ever forget.
The love we shared so long ago,
I wonder if you will ever know.
Never will I forget the dance we shared,
Nor will I ever believe you never cared.
Fate happened and tore us apart,
Yet, your love remains locked in my heart.

We will meet as we did once before,
I will hold you in my dreams forever more.
Years have passed and time has sped by,
However, I will not let myself cry.
I will meet you once again in my dreams,
Where not everything is as it seems.
The secret garden I built back then,
I will always open up to let you in.
©2010, Crystal S. Kauffman

Bonnie Lynn Pasciuto Haim: Missing Since 1993


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

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Recently, the Bonnie Lynn Pasciuto Haim missing person’s case took a drastic turn, when a skull was found by a construction crew. According to News4Jax.com, the police were dispatched on Dec 14, 2014, to the backyard of the home Bonnie shared with her husband Michael Haim, when the construction crew who was tearing out and old pool and found a skull. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has announced that the skull was in fact human, but they have yet to identify the remains.

According to New4Jax.com , Bonnie Lynn Pasciuto Haim was reported missing on January 6, 1993 and she was subsequently declared dead in 1999. She was a 23 year old wife, mother, and a business woman. She was a native of Jacksonville, FL. and lived in a house on Dolphin Ave. on the River City’s north side. Bonnie had a beautiful smile, which has always captured the hearts of those she love and those who knew her in life.

However, now this smile has captured Jacksonville residents for two decades after being declared missing. This case went cold for over two decades, but not by those who loved and cared about her. According to New4Jax.com , her family has always believed that the husband had killed her, but they have to wait even longer to get closure in this case. She was a beautiful yet vibrant young woman, who loved her son Aaron. He was about three years old when she went missing and was presumed dead.

Many stories have come out about her son possibly seeing the murder of his mom and Michael Haim lost custody of his son. According to News4Jax.com , a civil judgment, was found liable for her death and asked to pay millions to the couple’s son and to Bonnie Haim’s estate. However, Michael Haim now lives in Tennessee and has refused to comment on the latest discovery. The family is looking to get justice for their loved one, who was taken from them over two decades ago. If you have any information, please call the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office or Crimestoppers.

Reference:

News4Jax.com (2014) Remains Found at Missing Woman’s Home is Human

Retrieved from the World Wide Web on June 27, 2015

http://www.news4jax.com/news/remains-found-at-missing-woman-home-are-human/30464092

©2015, Crystal S. Kauffman

Surprise…It’s Family Day


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Today, I got to hang out with my youngest niece and nephew for several hours yesterday. I had a wonderful time with them, as we played and spent quality time together. We were missing a few kids and adults, but we made the most of the time we had together. I couldn’t believe how much everyone has grown up and changed over time. We have to get together more as a family.

I love the many smiles!

XOXOXO

Aunt-Crystal 🙂

End of Life Communication


My Granddad!

My Granddad!

Recently, I learned that my grandfather has terminal cancer, which has invaded his body in several places. First of all, I was stunned and numbed, by the grave news and the thought of him dying. Basically, he raised me most of my life, so I am very close to him. I couldn’t cry at first, because I thought God would heal him and he wouldn’t die. As, the days go by, I have been a basket case, who is terrified to answer the telephone.

With each new call, I was afraid to hear those words, which I know are coming soon. Then, I realized that he is suffering, so I felt selfish for wanting him to live. Since, nothing has controlled the pain, no matter how much pain medicine the doctor has given him. So, I finally decided to pray for God to heal his whole body, by taking him home to heaven. Through watching his suffering and his depression, I began wondering how much longer I will have with him.

Therefore, I wrote him a letter that came directly from my heart, which was my way to say good-bye. I wanted to let him know that I adore him and that I am proud of him. By writing all my feelings down, I was able to tell him how I truly felt about him. Besides, I knew I couldn’t say it with choking up and bursting into tears. I promised him to honor him and make him proud, as I face this world without him.

Then, I realized that for the first time ever, I would have to make decisions without his wisdom and guidance. Suddenly, I finally broke down and cried for the first time, since I learned about his illness. Everything, seemed come out and before I knew it, I had a five page letter that I gave him a few days ago. Honestly, I will never forget what he said after he read my letter and to be honest; I cried and hugged him.

Now, I don’t feel as if I have left something unsaid or unforgiving in his eyes, before he goes home to God. I don’t feel numb anymore, but I am trying to spend every moment that I can with him. However, it is painful, to watch him writhe in pain. It’s even harder to watch him cry, when I haven’t seen him cry more the three times in my entire life. Saying goodbye is not the easiest thing to do, but it has helped to ease my fears of life without my Grandpa.

Thankfully, this has drawn our family closer and made us learn to cherish, each day we have left to be together. Hopefully, we can spend time making memories and without him suffering in pain. Every day, I will let him know how much I care, until that day finally comes. Then, I will know that it’s my turn to pick up his torch and keep it going. Hence, I shall always remember him as the greatest man I ever had the privilege to know and love.

©2007, Crystal S. Kauffman

Previously published in May of 2007 at Helium.com (Helium.com has been closed)