You sent Gryffin* and Raven into my life over twelve years ago. I lost Gryff two years ago, but still have Raven who will be twelve this September. Losing Gryff continues to break my heart but sweet and always overflowing Raven is a comfort.
P.S. In 2002 Deirdre wrote me the following:
The hardest part for us has been figuring out a name for him. We have, however, we finally picked one. In the spirit of my English teaching and our love for Harry Potter – Gryffindor is it.
*Quoting the Sorting Hat:
“You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart …”