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WE DO NOT CUSTOMARILY DO THIS.  PLEASE DO NOT TAKE WHAT WE ARE ABOUT TO DO AS AN INVITATION TO REQUEST AN EXCEPTION TO OUR RULES: WHAT RULES WE HAVE, WE HAVE FOR GOOD REASON.  BUT SOMETIMES, EVEN REASON MUST BE SUSPENDED.  SOMETIMES, EXCEPTIONS MUST BE MADE.

THIS REQUEST WAS CARRIED TO US BY THE CORN, SENT BY amymebberson, WHO IS WELL-BELOVED OF THE BIRTHDAY:

“Hail to the Birthday Unending,
I humbly petition entrance for a very dear, special creature. My dearest friend is hurting since her beloved Jett had to go. Jett is the most excellent of Puppies and brings enormous ears to listen to stories and energy to race the winds. I offer this portrait of Jett at the Birthday, so that her person may be comforted. May the crows of Oregon always carry her person’s thoughts to her.“

WE THANK YOU, AMY, FOR YOUR REQUEST; WE KNOW THAT IT WAS CARRIED LONG AND FAR, AND THAT IT WAS NOT LIGHTLY MADE.  NOW, IF YOU WILL EXCUSE US…

HELLO, JETT.  WHO IS A GOOD DOG?  THIS IS A MYSTERY WHICH HAS PLAGUED THE EXISTENCE OF ALL DOGS…BUT IN YOUR CASE, WE THINK IT HAS BEEN WELL AND TRULY SOLVED.

YOU ARE A GOOD DOG, JETT.  YOU HAVE RUN SO FAR, AND DONE SO WELL, AND IT IS TIME NOW FOR RESTING.  IT IS TIME TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT ALL RUNNING MUST END; ALL AFTERNOONS MUST FADE TO NIGHT; AND ALL PUPPIES, HOWEVER GOOD, HOWEVER BELOVED, MUST REST.

WE KNOW THAT YOU ARE DISTRESSED, FOR YOUR PERSON IS NOT HERE, AND SHE IS THE STAR BY WHICH YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN CHARTED; SHE IS THE COMPASS YOU HAVE STEERED YOURSELF BY.  DO NOT BE TOO WORRIED FOR HER, FOR SHE IS YET BELOVED OF THOSE WHO YOU HAVE LEFT BEHIND, AND SHE WILL BE LOOKED AFTER EVEN IN YOUR ABSENCE.  WHEN HER TIME COMES TO JOIN YOU–AND SHE WILL JOIN YOU, FOR YOU ARE AS BELOVED TO HER AS SHE IS TO YOU; YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, BUT GROW IN TREASURED MEMORY LIKE AN ACORN PLANTED IN THE FERTILE PASTURE OF THE SOUL–SHE WILL BE SO GLAD TO KNOW THAT YOU HAVE ALLOWED YOURSELF THIS TIME TO REST, TO SLEEP, TO GATHER YOUR STRENGTH.  THERE IS SO MUCH RUNNING IN YOUR FUTURE, RUNNING TOGETHER, IN MEADOWS WITHOUT END.

YOU ARE A GOOD DOG.  YOU ALWAYS HAVE BEEN.  YOU ALWAYS WILL BE.

HERE IS YOUR SEAT AT THE TABLE.  HERE IS YOUR CONICAL HAT.  HERE IS A CROW TO BARK AT, AND A SUNBEAM TO SLEEP IN, AND A BALL TO CHASE, FOREVER AND EVER, AS LONG AS THERE ARE GOOD DOGS, AS LONG AS THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE, AS LONG AS THERE ARE BIRTHDAYS.

AND WE ARE UNENDING, JETT.  AS, NOW, ARE YOU.

WELCOME TO THE BIRTHDAY.  WELCOME TO THE BIRTHDAY.  WELCOME TO THE BIRTHDAY UNENDING.

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Hanging Out in the Storm by Russell Tomlin

Just one of my crow friends decided to hang out with me in the storm today.  Hunkered down into the wind.