Tonight we placed this leopard in the spot at the table where Obo would normally sit. They don't look much alike, except maybe something about the eyes, but it was nice having Obo there in spirit.
Since Obo left us, we don't hear much from him. He does not enjoy writing letters or emails or talking on the phone, so it's hard to imagine what life is like for him now. That's what made me think about Buffy. In one of season finale Buffy throws herself from scaffolding to save her sister's life (you really just have to watch it). When the next season begins, Buffy's friends don't know if Buffy's gone to heaven, hell, or just some alternate dimension where people wear edible shoes. They want to bring her back, but they don't know if she'll come back like Angel did when he returned from hell and was all hunched and drooly.
We're pretty sure that Obo is not in hell and is standing as straight as he was the last time we saw him.
Willow decides to bring Buffy back from wherever she may be, and in what is probably the best TV I have ever seen (Buffy, the Musical) Buffy sings about her time in a heaven-like place and makes her friends feel pretty lousy about reviving her. So that's how it is.
I hope that England is heavenly for Obo right now, but I guess we won't find out until we bring him back in a couple more seasons.
Meanwhile, we've decided to name the leopard Obo.