Late Sunday afternoon, we took Sparkey to town for some sunshine and less home-based stimulation. Despite his failing health, I think this photo demonstrates not just his jutting ribs and very thin waist---it also shows his keen interest in the world around him and his intact ablility to still be aroused by his senses.
His continued engagement in the world, his ongoing sensual experiences while in physical form, and consistently bright eyes tell us that he's still very much alive and in the present. While he balks at swallowing his pills and can be quite squirmy if his IV takes too long, there's no indication that his enjoyment of life is waning.
Each day with him is a gift, and it reminds us that each day on this Earth is a gift as well, never to be squandered.