Light a Candle

Light a Candle

This month’s candle is for Loki, one of my pet gerbils who died last Tuesday. I think his last visit to the vet on Monday and the draining of his cyst were too much for him. He died in my hands.

That means I naturally burn this candle for my remaining gerbil Jamie too, because he’s now alone and in need of a new friend to prevent loneliness from making him miserable. So fingers crossed I’ll manage to find a good new buddy for him soon and get them to like each other. Apparently that’s quite the task, pairing gerbils. But I owe it to Jamie to try.

Despite feeling sad, my own problems seem so small compared to what else is happening in the world, so I also burn this candle for everyone in the USA who’s been hit by Harvey and struggling to get by. Living in a country that’s known for battling water, I relate and feel for all of you. I really hope the storms will die down soon and no more victims will be made.

And finally, I burn this candle for everyone in Raqqa who’s desperately trying to survive by eating grass-soup or anything else they can get their hands on that’s remotely edible. I can’t imagine what it must be like, living in a war zone, trying to stay alive at all costs. And now having to fight not only terrorists but famine, too. In what kind of world do we live?

I hope the warmth of this candle finds your hearts, rumbling bellies and souls and will make you worry-free, even if it’s for just a second.


Who will you burn this month’s candle for?
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18 thoughts on “Light a Candle

        1. I have to. Gerbils are known to wilt away in loneliness, so for Jamie’s sake I have to find him a buddy soon. I’ve already contacted some breeders and if they can’t help me I’m going back to the pet shop.

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                1. And that’d make your pets very bitter, Ben (not to mention what it would do to your kids – imagine all the bloody hamster traumas). Better stick to fish instead.

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  1. I am really very sorry for your loss…I know how hard it is to lose a beloved pet. Lost several fish in succession as a child. Haven’t dared to keep any since then…if it’s any consolation, Loki had a loving owner and a wonderful home.

    As for the world, I really have no idea why things have become so twisted. I pray it all gets better soon.

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    1. Thank you, Mahevash. I have the same fear each time a pet dies, but somehow after a few years I fall in love with another one and I do it all over again with love.

      If someone would tell me the world is to end soon, I might actually believe it. Are you doing okay? I saw on the news that parts of India are flooded, too.

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        1. I hope you’ll stay safe and your family too. I am watching the news right now and it’s showing images of how much rain has fallen. It’s scary to see what mother nature can (literally) throw at us.

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