They put a lock on my urn, for crying out loud! The very same lock they used to lock my cage door when they discovered I could let myself out! Talk about adding insult to injury....
Oh, come on--where are my ashes going to go? Hello--not in there! I'm over here! Why do you think you always have the feeling I'm watching you? That's because I am! What you have under lock and key is just what was left of my shell. My spirit is free. I can fly again. I can go wherever I want.
Except to Heaven.
Anybody remember the movie Ghost? Patrick Swayze's character couldn't go to Heaven until he rescued Demi Moore's Molly from the guy who'd killed him. (Yes, I did watch more than just those great bird videos on YouTube.) Well, I can't leave as long as these two need me. They can't survive without me. I've been taking care of them for the past twenty-plus years.
They need to be looked after.
They come in the door calling out to me. She almost went to the fridge to get me a grape. She still wakes early so I can have time out of my cage to start the day. They love me, and I love them. And, as Swayze says in the movie, that's the one thing we take with us into the afterlife. The only thing. So when anybody tells you, "You can't take it with you," it's not entirely true.
You take love. And that's more than enough.