It is amazing how childhood memories return when you least expect them to! We moved from England to Brasil when I was seven years old. I spent my formative years from seven to seventeen in Petrópolis, located in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
When I was 13 years old I shared a room with my younger sister. I remember that my bed was to the right of hers. I woke up in the middle of the night and much to my surprise I saw my dog Gus jump on to the foot of the bed. Gus had disappeared several months before and therefore presumed dead. He came towards me and I was so happy to see him. I stroked his head for a moment or two then he simply vanished into thin air. As I turned over to go back to sleep I thought to myself ‘how lovely he has come to say goodbye’ then I fell asleep.
When I woke up the next morning I never gave it another thought nor did I tell anyone about it. I do not know why I did not say anything because I know that my parents would have been fine with it. But that could be said about most of my childhood!
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