New icons!

Jul. 29th, 2009 06:16 am
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On to a more pleasant topic. [livejournal.com profile] zelox_quo made me two new LJ icons. [livejournal.com profile] ristin had felt a bit left in the icon I pulled from one of Zelox's comics of me blissfully happy while hugging Zelox, so I asked him to basically reproduce that icon but this time with Ristin. He did so, but then made me an additional one:






It is well that I have more icons to express my love for Ristin, for I fear I don't speak on it enough here. Ristin is the centre of my life and I need him. Just the cuddles we enjoy in the morning keep me going the whole day. I missed him terribly when I was away in America for so long.

Zelox growled when I suggested paying him, so maybe these qualify as gift art? I'll try to buy him a beer or something.
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Anyone whom I stayed with during my trip to America can attest to how much I love [livejournal.com profile] ristin. It is to my great relief that Ristin received reports on how much I talked about him. Ever since I met him back in December of 2003 I feel as if my heart has been bursting with love, not just for him but for so many other people who have been so good to me. But always Ristin is first in my affections.

I am not much given to soppy declarations of love but I suspect Ristin would appreciate it if I were more so, and what better day to start than today?
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I'd just got back from a day out with [livejournal.com profile] ristin and sat in front of my computer when I saw the news. [livejournal.com profile] pouchhopper passed away in his sleep. Ristin and I had been talking about how they were planning to come down to Australia just today on the way back. It was my great privilege that I got to meet him at Further Confusion this year. At the time, none of us thought it would be the last time.

Pouch first touched my life in December 2003. That's when I met Ristin, through a suit he made. The suit was called Pouch (no doubt in honour of his creator) but when I showed the photo to Pouch he identified it as Spaceroo. At the time, I was living in my own shell, I guess afraid of the world out there. I thought I was ugly. I was down at [livejournal.com profile] ozkangaroo's house and he owned the suit at the time. He wore the suit for me, held me, cuddled me, and let me see myself for the first time as he saw me: a person deserving of love. (That's him in the photo below.) Spaceroo/Pouch got under my radar, gave me confidence in myself and helped me come out of my shell. Spaceroo/Pouch was just so soft and sweet. Thank you, Oz. I owe a great debt to him for making me ready for Ristin. Ristin was one of several who wore the suit for me, but to me he is the one who most beautifully channeled the spirit of Pouch. The morning after I knew it was love. It was Pouch and Ristin together who saved my life.

Photo of Spaceroo/Pouch )

In the years that followed, I grew and learnt to love myself just as Ristin loves me. It all started from that beautiful suit, so imbued with Pouch's spirit, and I've never forgotten the debt I owed him.

In January of 2007, at Further Confusion, I got the chance to tell him in person. FC was my first furry con and it was the most wonderful and spiritual experience. I got to do so many wonderful things there. But easily the highlight for me was getting to meet Pouch and his husband [livejournal.com profile] rainhopperroo. (Photo of the couple here. Pouch is on the right.) They were the warmest, kindest people I could hope to meet and were so glad to hear my story of how Pouch changed my life. Made it possible for me to be at FC at all. They welcomed me with open arms, and far more kindness than I would have any business to expect. I am still warmed by their heartfelt acceptance of me and my story. He told me that he puts part of his spirit into every suit he makes, and there's no doubt that it was that spirit that shone through in Spaceroo/Pouch and that healed me spiritually when I most needed it. Rain told me that my story gave Pouch a big lift (he's been ill and in pain for quite some time) and that hardly a day went by that he wouldn't mention me. It was quite by chance that I got know he was at the con at all. Sometimes things do work out just as they should.

Pouch has left a lasting legacy of happiness behind, and I know that is what he would have most wanted. I love you, Pouch. I'm so sorry to have lost you, but so glad I got to share a few hours of your time. When I look at how I feel, I can only imagine what this must be like for Rain. If you knew or knew of Pouch, or he or one of his suits touched you at some time in your life, please leave a message on the post Rain made in Pouch's journal.
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There's a certain raccoon that I do not mention nearly enough in my posts, maybe because he's always there for me and what profit is there in reporting on something that does not change? But you should not take that to mean that I take him for granted. I speak of course of [livejournal.com profile] ristin, who lifted me up out of the darkness that had infected my life and taught me, slowly and patiently, to see the beauty that lived inside me all along. He is the rock that withstands my sea of roiling emotions and eventually calms me. He is the angel that catches me when I fall, not once complaining. I love you, Ristin. I need you in my life more than you can know. Thank you for loving a flawed rat, so that I may learn to love myself.

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