When I was a child I was fascinated by the stars.

I remember asking my grandfather what those sparkling lights in the sky were. His explanation had little to do with science–as a four-year-old, I wasn’t ready for astronomy lessons.

Instead, he explained his belief (hope?) that they represented keyholes to heaven where those who had travelled there could watch over the loved ones they left behind on earth.

If that is true, there’s a new keyhole in heaven this week.

Rocky, the previous Chief of Security at Ft. Mitchell no longer patrols the perimeter each night at sundown. 

The ones left behind miss him.

But, I have a feeling he’s looking down and keeping watch.

Just as he always did.


About Sharon K Owen

I am a fiction writer, a university professor, a copy editor and an online writing teacher. My first Romantic Suspense: Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) was published in 2011 and the second book in the series, Whatever Goes Around, will be published in 2016. My short stories and poetry have been published in Descant, Concho River Review, Iron Horse, American Literary Review, Trinity Writer's Workshop newsletter and collections of Christmas stories. I am blessed with a loving, supportive family, a multitude of friends and the good fortune to share a cozy sanctuary in North Texas with my two cats (Matt and Cinders).

Posted on September 1, 2011, in Family and Friends, Life in the Village, Pets and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Lovely tribute to a long-lived and long loved friend.

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