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Life Goes On

Bilbo set sail for the west this morning.
He was 17. He had been sick for a long time.
He lasted a year and a half after the vet said there wasn't much they could do for him.
He could still take satisfaction in a comfy lap or a nap in the sun or a can of turkey and giblet dinner.

He wasn't my first cat or my best cat or my favorite cat, but he was a living thing that shared my home and I will miss him.

He was my last living link with my mother (except for the Christmas Cactus, I guess.)

As there is comfort in hard work I will go and scrub down the bathroom where he spent his nights.

Then I will blow my nose and wipe my eyes and hug Katie and Fuzzbucket and the Christmas Cactus.

Life goes on.

GHR

Comments

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jerusha
Jun. 22nd, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry.
alymid
Jun. 22nd, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
*hugs*
exapno
Jun. 22nd, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
:(
I'm so sorry
mbumby
Jun. 22nd, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear it.
tollers
Jun. 22nd, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about Bilbo.

*hugs*
markiv1111
Jun. 22nd, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
Yes
This brief and very loving comment is a tribute to your cat, who seems to have had a very good life as cats go. I already said *Hugs* but here they are again.

Nate
shannachie
Jun. 22nd, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. I remember him well.
blueeyedtigress
Jun. 22nd, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
Farewell, friends! The sails are set,
the wind is east, the moorings fret.
Shadows long before me lie,
beneath the ever-bending sky,
but islands lie behind the Sun
that i shall raise ere all is done;
lands there are to west of West,
where night is quiet and sleep is rest.


(Bilbo's Last Song at the Grey Havens, of course.)

Hugs, Ropers. You have my deepest sympathies -- especially as I share my home with cats of 18, 17 and 11.
daisy_knotwise
Jun. 22nd, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I knew you would know the passage.
GHR
poltr1
Jun. 22nd, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
*hugs*
shsilver
Jun. 22nd, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry.
filkertom
Jun. 22nd, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
Hugs and sympathy.
kestrels_nest
Jun. 22nd, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Hugs, Gretchen.
huskiebear
Jun. 22nd, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
Many hugs. And be careful hugging that Christmas Cactus.
patoadam
Jun. 22nd, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry.
joecoustic
Jun. 22nd, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss.
cary_lee
Jun. 22nd, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear that. It is hard to let go.
ericcoleman
Jun. 22nd, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry
pwl1
Jun. 23rd, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
It's so hard, I know. Hugs from me, and headbutts from my kitties.
catsittingstill
Jun. 23rd, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
hugs and sympathy

qnofhrt
Jun. 23rd, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
Godspeed Bilbo
jrittenhouse
Jun. 23rd, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear it, Gretchen.
kevinnickerson
Jun. 23rd, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear that.
oreouk
Jun. 23rd, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
Hugs and sympathy - it's never easy.

Oh (and I'm sure others have said it) perhaps don't hug the cactus too hard eh? Save the firmer hugs for the daughter, husband and cat...
mia_mcdavid
Jun. 25th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry.
andpuff
Jun. 26th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC)
Hugs and sympathy!
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