A Year in Memories: Emeraude, Kennedy, Smokie, Bella, Ernie and Bert
It’s been some year with fostering.
We lost Emeraude on February 3.
Kennedy arrived on June 16 and left us on August 6.
Smokie arrived on August 27.
Bella arrived on September 17.
Bert and Ernie arrived on November 26.
Thanks to each one of you who arrived out of the universe and brought your unique gifts and challenges.
Lady Emeraude with 19 years of wisdom and wear and tear, we were glad to give you a few months of being the absolute star of the household and our purrs and energy when you were ill, and to grieve you when you left. We know you were happy. You radiated happiness. We still feel it where you slept. We will never forget you.
Kennedy, our brother, we recognized you the moment we saw you, and though you only had weeks left in your journey we were glad you made it before your travels were over. You belonged here, and you are a part of this family, the fifth spirit sharing our age and our furs, forever.
Smokie, Bella, Bert and Ernie, with your great need and desire to learn to trust the human and let go of your fears, we are glad to show you how to be happy housecats, how to play and wrestle and love, and cast you on your journey to a long and happy life.
A year from now, who knows?
Just as I finished this sketch and began my post listing the dates above, watching the ball drop in Times Square on my computer just now, I heard the familiar big band Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians’ “Auld Lang Syne” which reminds me of my parents and growing up, followed by Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” which makes me cry no matter what, and by the time Iz Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Over the Rainbow” started I was done.
Happy New Year everyone, health and love to us all in the new year, people and cats and dogs and all animals and living things everywhere, all over the earth.
Auld acquaintance shall ne’er be forgot, nor days of auld lang syne.
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