Got a call from the BIG Guy the other day. You know the guy.....the one that runs things over at the Rainbow Bridge? Well, it seems that some of my friends that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge got together and told the Big Guy about my outstanding talents in weed abatement and pie eating. Apparently, there is a need for my talents at the bridge!! The conversation went something like this:
BG (BIG Guy): Hello, is this the Pie Lady that I've heard so many nice things about?
Pearl: Yes, it is. What do you want? Got any pies? I am quite busy as I run things at True Innocents Equine Rescue and don't have time for a lot of nonsense!
BG: I understand Ms. Pearl, but some of your friends here at the Rainbow Bridge have been telling me of your great heart, your love for the visitors at TIER, your talents in Weed Abatement, Greeting, Morale Management, Yelling at the back door for pies, spending time with the horses that aren't feeling well, patrolling the area, etc. etc.
Pearl: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Those are SOME of my talents. What can I help you with? I have a very hectic schedule managing things around here and I don't need to be wasting time yakking to someone I can't see. I know my eyes are bad, but this is a little weird talking to someone who "isn't there", if ya know what I mean. I will admit that as soon as you contacted me though a feeling of unending love and warmth surrounded me! Why, it is so wonderful that I am almost (not quite) speechless with the overwhelming feeling of goodness!!! How do you do that?? I can take a few minutes out of my schedule to learn to do that if you will teach me!! I would love to share that with my human and horse friends!
BG: Well, Ms. Pearl, you already know how to do that in an earthly way. As your friend Blair says........"Pearl makes you smile when you need it, and even when you don't". You touch the lives and hearts of all who know you and leave a lasting impression of love. But, Pie Lady, that's not why I have contacted you. You see, Ms. Pearl, we here at the Rainbow Bridge are in need of your skills in weed abatement and ministering to those souls who will be coming our way. We are in need of an Angel Ambassador that can speak to our new friends as they approach the path to the bridge.
Those gentle souls who are coming to us are sometimes in pain. They may be suffering physically or emotionally or their job on earth may have been completed. Young, not so young, and old horses come to this place of love and wholeness. Sometimes leaving the things they know and love on earth is difficult as they do not know what the next step in the journey is. It can be a bit unsettling for them. It is hard for them to grasp that their time on earth has come to a close and that once they cross the Rainbow Bridge, they will be whole again. We need an Angel Ambassador to help these friends to understand that once they cross the Bridge there will be no more suffering. We hope to make their passing easier by showing them that they will be surrounded by a love that heals all! We'd like them to feel that love, taste the sweetness of the springs that run through the grass filled pastures. We wish them to see the sunlight dancing on the flowers, the morning dew on the leaves of the trees, smell the richness of the dirt, listen to the birds singing, watch as everyone frolics with joy ...casting shadows of dancing horses while the sun sets! We'd like our friends to experience a bit of this as their time comes in order that their passing from their world to ours is a bit easier.
Pearl: Boy! You sure do go on and on don't ya? Do you know that Gail person? She does the same thing! Constantly talking to us. Yammering about this and that. Asking us how we are today, etc. etc. Sometimes I just go off and visit with one my friends just so I can get some peace!
Wait a minute here! Are you saying you want me to come work for you? Don't you realize who I AM? I am Pearl the Pie Lady!! I have an important job right here! I greet all the visitors that come to TIER. Quite vocally, I might add. I talk with my horse friends to help them through their troubles, or we just visit together to gossip about the things we have experienced. With my weakened eyes I slowly patrol the area each and every night to make sure everyone is okay. I shuffle to the back door of the house and holler to make sure that there is a supply of pies on hand. Why....I even share some of my pies with the dogs as they are my friends too! I keep the residents in line by hollering at them. I supervise everyone and teach them about effective weed abatement. I provide a shoulder for that Gail person to cry on and a neck for kids to hug. When one of our friends leaves to go to a new home, I wish them well and congratulate them on finding a forever home!! Through the night I stand on my crippled legs next to one of my friends that may not be feeling well. I make sure that none of my breakfast or dinner is wasted, nor that of my neighbors (especially Prince....since he tosses some of his hay outside his pen so I can share a meal with him and keep him company). My services are VERY much needed at TIER!
BG:    Pearl, your talents and devotion to TIER is to be commended!  It is for those very reasons that I have contacted you about the possibility of you joining us here at the bridge.
According to my records, your life on earth was not always the easiest, yet you gave your all.  Sadly, your efforts did not keep you from ending up in a feedlot in 1999.  It was in July of 1999 that a rescue person saw you in that feedlot, took your picture and let people know of your plight.  Good people came together and rescued you from going to slaughter.  You arrived at TIER on July 20, 1999.  Shortly thereafter, in gratitude, you began your compassionate campaign to help the horses and people of TIER.  That is quite a long time Ms. Pearl.  Over time your eyesight has begun to dim and your poor legs have become more painful.  I believe that these factors are making your job a TIER a bit harder?  When you do come to the Bridge, whether it is now or later, you will be whole again.  You will be able to see for miles and miles!  Your legs will no longer be painful.  They will straighten and you will run and play as you used to when you were a little one.  Ms. Pearl, the decision is strictly up to you.  Your job, should you decide to accept it, will be to continue your good works here at the Bridge and help the horses who are on their way.  We could use your help.
Pearl:  Sheesh!!  You sure do have a way of yammering at folks!!  I really have to think about this because I am such an important part of TIER!!  It has been a bit damp and foggy in the mornings around here.  When it is like this, my legs hurt very bad.  That Gail person has been rubbing liniment in my legs and giving me pain medication, but that only works for awhile.  And.....the cold/rainy season isn,t even here yet!  I can only imagine how painful my legs will be then!!  I really haven't felt much like eating lately as it hurts to stand and I have been lying down alot.  I know that Gail person is really worried about me because I haven&rsquot been talking much either.  She's been helping me get back up for the past couple days, but I am getting tired and just don't seem to have the energy to try to get up.
BG:    Ms. Pearl, the decision is strictly up to you.
Pearl:  I have to really think about this!!  What about my friends here?  Will they be okay without me?  Who will take my place?
BG:    Ms. Pearl, your friends will do fine and, my dear friend, NOBODY could ever take your place!!
Pearl:  Boy!  This sure is a long conversation!!  I'm just so unsure!  If I do decide to come work for you, won't that break that Gail person's heart?  I know how much she loves me and how much I love her.  And all my friends that I have met!!  Those folks that have continued to be there for me, sending me pies in the mail even!!  All those kids that I won't be able to mutter at.  All my horse friends!!!
BG:    Ms. Pearl, of course your friends will miss you!  How could they not?  And as for breaking that Gail person's heart........yes, it would be one of the most difficult things she has gone through.  But, Ms. Pearl, think of all the joy, the hope, the smiles, the laughter you have given her and others.  The memories of your antics will fill a house!!  Those memories of your gift to all those people and horses are the foundation of TIER.  Watching a helpless, hopeless horse such as yourself blossom into a wonderfully kind and loving being.  It is because of you and others like you that TIER has the hope to help others.
Pearl:  Gosh!  I just don't know.  I am so very tired.
BG:    Ms. Pearl, the decision is strictly up to you.
Pearl:  Hey, BIG Guy.............
PIE LADY HERE!!  GOT ANY PIES?????????
TIER:  Our most precious Pearl was laid to rest on January 18, 2004.  It is by far the hardest release we have experienced.  She is by far the greatest gift we have received.  Thank you Pearl.
Gail:  Pearl's passing has been one of the most difficult times I've experienced.  She has touched the hearts of so many.  My heart aches when I think of her.  When I walk among the TIER residents, I find myself in tears as I listen for her welcoming neigh.  I automatically scan the property to see who she is visiting with......and she is not there.  But......Pearl is definately in my heart and for that, I am grateful. Thank you for the Grace, the Dignity, the Respect and the smiles.  I miss you so much!!!!!!!!