Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sad

Eighteen years ago, on April 18th, my husband and I brought home a teeny-tiny black, gray and brown stripey kitten from the local humane society. We named her Nimue because I'm a giant nerd, and she was my baby. She had the most beautiful sage green eyes and would purr whenever she was with me. She was shy and a little skittish around other people, but she loved me.

She laid by my side while I worked and kept me company with every book I wrote - even the pile of crap ones that'll never see the light of day. She was unimpressed when I bought the boys home from the hospital, but quickly took over the role of "Mom Cat" and would do her best Timmy's-in-the-well-Lassie-impersonation whenever one of them would cry or doing something she didn't approve of.

Over the last year, she's grown understandably more feeble and a little blind and had taken to hiding for hours at a time - cupboards and bookshelves being her favorite spots. When she wouldn't answer last night when I called, my husband went looking for her. He found her curled up on a bookshelf, looking like she'd simply fallen asleep. I'm grateful that she went peacefully, but I miss her like mad.

8 comments:

Kelly Kirch said...

Oh, honey. I'm so sorry about Nimue.

Anny Cook said...

It's amazing how much a part of our lives they become. My heart goes out to you, but it sounds like you had many wonderful years with her.

barbara huffert said...

I'm sorry. You know I understand. She'll live in your heat forever.

Margaret Yang said...

I am so sorry for your sadness!

Molly Daniels said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Bron. Sounds like she had a pretty good life with you and was well loved.

Caley Greene said...

((((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))))

Bron, I'm so sorry for your loss - inadequate words.

((hugs))

Kim Dare said...

So sorry to hear about Nimue. I know a peaceful departure isn't much of a comfort at the moment. It sounds like she had a wonderful life with you and your family.

*Hugs*

Kim Dare.

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

So sorry, honey. Lots of hugs!