27 July 2008

Goodbye Sweet Kitty

Our dear sweet cat died this morning after over 20 years of letting us share her life.

Ariadne Saduri Sunflower, aka "Schmoo", was a mercurial kitten from the animal shelter, who reached out of her cage and grabbed C's sleeve as if to say, "hey, over here, your search has ended!" As a kitten she was prone to extreme activity once the lights went out. This lead to episodes in a large box with dictionaries stacked on top, but she would still escape frequently. Schmoo spent many nights wrapped around the top of my head until she was large enough to start taking the whole pillow, causing many stiff necks. She always smelled like perfume and I thought that was somehow magical until I found that she was sleeping in C's sweater drawer during the day. She ignored two other cats that came into our lives and eventually a dog. She was always the first - the pretty princess always made sure that was not forgotten.

It's a sad day here and the universe must have understood something was not right as it started raining when she finally let out her last breath. I miss her more than I imagined and life will never be the same without her.


Shan said...

I am so sorry to hear about Schmoo. I can relate. Bosco de Gama, my loving feline pal for 15 years passed away earlier this Spring. While I knew it would be impossible, I thought he'd live with me forever. I certainly wanted him to anyway. When he finally ascended into the heavens, he did so on his own terms. I had the honor of cradling him in my lap. There wasn't a dry eye at our house for days. They give us so much, and ask for such little don't they? You are certainly right - our lives will never be the same without.

My thoughts are with you and your family. Wishing you much comfort during this difficult time of grief. May Schmoo rest in peace.

Jon Muellner said...

Thank you Shan, your words are balm...I've lost friends, and pets, but Schmoo was different in some magical way that I can't quite put a name to...some essence of pure being that just is. Bosco de Gama and Schmoo are watching us now. Read "Cat Heaven" sometime.