It was right before Christmas, and my calico cat Apache died unexpectedly, I was devastated. A friend at work bought a sympathy card and passed it around for my colleagues to sign. The card stated this Inuit legend: “Perhaps they are not the stars but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy”.
I absolutely love that idea. I think about it often when I’m looking up at the night sky and see the sparkle of planets and stars. One evening I saw the Big Dipper constellation, and had the inspiration to create the saying in needlework, add a Big Dipper and name the anchor stars after animal companions of mine that had passed.
Two years later, I finished it. It’s my first attempt at creating a design of my own, and I’m pleased with how it turned out.