Painting Intermission to Honor Molly

MOLLY |  2008 - 2013

MOLLY | 2008 – 2013

My rabbit, Molly died last night. She had an internal disease that was undetectable until it was too late. The many gracious gifts of support from people have been pouring in today. One gift in particular really got to me. A card that brilliantly highlighted the energy/purpose of rabbits in our lives.

Rabbit’s gifts to the human(s) in their life includes moving through fear, living by one’s wits, quick thinking, strength of intuition and paradox.

Paradox is a good word for how I’m feeling about the painting theme and the fact that I lost a very special friend today. My first thought was that I would be too sad to paint rabbits for another 3 weeks. But as the day passed, I’m more interested in how painting might help celebrate the gift of her. And, wow was she ever. I’m convinced that love is love no matter the species. If what brings you joy is your dog, child, dear friend, spouse or a pink bat in your garage that makes you giggle before you drive to work in the morning—love is rewriting it all every day. I’m grateful for this one. She made me laugh every day. Full of love and sass.

The story of how I met and fell in love with Molly rabbit is here (titled: In Memory of Molly) for the next few days.

Painting resumes tomorrow. Thank you.


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  • Lisha May 8, 2013   Reply →

    Cheers to Molly, her sass and humor.
    Hugs to you, Niya as you laugh and cry remembering your sweet, dear friend.

    • Niya May 8, 2013   Reply →

      Thank you Lisha… her sass and humor was addictive. I looked forward to it daily. I appreciate your care and words. ; D

  • Cynth May 8, 2013   Reply →

    “moving through fear, living by one’s wits, quick thinking, strength of intuition and paradox” = LOVE and SASS. I know it; she tells us so.
    Moll is the love of life. I’ll remember her as the gentle quip of love and life.

  • Darrelyn Saloom May 8, 2013   Reply →

    Oh, Niya, I am so sorry about Molly. Living on a farm, I’ve lost many critters. But it never gets easier. Hugs to you, my daily painter.

    • niya christine May 8, 2013   Reply →

      I’ve always dreamed of living on a farm. But I don’t think I could take it. I really appreciate your hugs. And it’s an honor to be your daily painter.

  • My dear Niya, I’ve been reading all your posts and thinking about you and Molly all day. So sorry you’ve lost your little girl and so, so glad you had each other for five years. She was a beauty. Sending lots of love and gentle rabbit kisses.

    • niya christine May 8, 2013   Reply →

      Thank you Nina. I know you and Pavel can relate. I was very moved when I read your book about your cat. They really get into our hearts. Our daily routines and emotional reference to life. It’s very surreal that she’s gone. Having so many caring people like you really helps. Thank you again.

  • Michial May 8, 2013   Reply →

    We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. We know the love you had for her and our hearts ache with you. Blessings of comfort and pure organic light radiate from our hearts to you and yours. Loving care to you, Lynn and Michial

    • niya christine May 8, 2013   Reply →

      Michial and Lynn! So compassionate and you really DO know. The grieving process is helped by you right now. Thank you!

  • Laurel May 8, 2013   Reply →

    Niya, my heart goes out to you. My beloved cat of 23 years died in my arms last nite so sorrow is fresh for us both.

    • niya christine May 8, 2013   Reply →

      Oh wow. That’s your whole adult life Laurel. I’m so very sorry for your loss. I’m drinking a lot of hot tea and proceeding with life very slowly right now. Pet loss is very intense. Thinking of you today and sending love.

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