24 Jul A Tribute to Real Love
Posted at 15:18h in Uncategorized 35 Comments
We had to say our good-byes yesterday to part of our family.
18 years ago a curious kitten was born in a closet. A few months later I met her (and the compassionate man that assisted her mother giving birth to she and her liter mates amidst piles of his clothing). I fell in love with the man, and his cats. He and I got married. We had two children. And we have never known one another without the cat family in our lives. The mama left us first. And then a sister. And yesterday, the last of our cats had to let go too. 18 years later and the end of such a rich chapter of our lives. The hole she has left feels cavernous. There will always be the open space in our hearts that can never be filled by any other and we will lovingly hold her memory there for always.
Good-bye sweet friend. We have loved you for so long and we shall never forget how blessed we were to have you with us all these years.
1stdaughterPosted at 16:02h, 24 July
Tracey, I know I haven’t posted a lot on here but I saw this post and needed to tell you how sorry I am. Some of the saddest times in my life have been when my kitties have left and I pray that you and your family will be comforted during this time.
But what an amazing long life she had and I’m sure the great memories will be something you can hold on to for a lifetime.
angiePosted at 16:33h, 24 July
Wow! 18 years is so long for a cat. I know you will dearly miss her. I’m sorry for your family’s loss.
PaigePosted at 16:51h, 24 July
Oh Tracey, how sad. This post made me cry. My kitty is only 2 and I can’t imagine her leaving me. I’m so sorry.
ChristyPosted at 17:05h, 24 July
Tracey so sorry for your family and their loss. It is never easy, but cherish the memories.
Mia's MamaPosted at 18:34h, 24 July
How sad, but so beautiful. What a beautiful story about how a litle kitten brought so much to your life.
DeezeePosted at 18:43h, 24 July
the love of pets. it wraps itself around our hearts. 🙁
ELKPosted at 18:43h, 24 July
I am so sorry for your familiy’s loss and I know it is very painful. Pets are such a part of our lives and for so long…take gentle care of yourself.
tangobabyPosted at 18:55h, 24 July
Oh, I’m so sorry to read this, Tracey. I wish you and your family comfort in this sad time. Take care.
PetraPosted at 19:12h, 24 July
Hi Tracey. I am new to your blog and have put you on my blogroll and saw this a moment ago. I want to say how sorry I am for your loss; I know what it is like to lose a pet that is so much a part of your family. Enjoy your memories and God bless!
melody is slurping lifePosted at 19:45h, 24 July
love…and wishes for the happy memories to hug you
VeredPosted at 19:55h, 24 July
I am so sorry!
ChristinaPosted at 20:06h, 24 July
Oh Tracey! I have tears in my eyes for you. This is a beautiful story with a sad ending…so bittersweet. Our cat has always been a aprt of our family, too…but I see him getting old, and it breaks my heart. Hugs!
tracey clarkPosted at 20:11h, 24 July
thank you everyone. your love and support means so much.
laura - dolcepicsPosted at 20:33h, 24 July
I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Such an amazing story and I’m sure you have many wonderful memories to hold to.
jfrancisPosted at 20:42h, 24 July
in the night
MerylPosted at 20:49h, 24 July
I read somewhere sometime that cats are the visible embodiment of a home’s soul….so sorry for your loss.
LaraPosted at 21:58h, 24 July
i’m sorry, tracey. i can only imagine the pain you all must be feeling. 🙁
LesliePosted at 23:10h, 24 July
Oh, I’m so sorry for your loss. Pets are such a big part of our lives!
ConchiPosted at 23:29h, 24 July
Sorry, sorry. I can understand your sad. My cat is my best friend and he has 14 years old.
I can´t imagine my life without him.
Now you have great moments with him and a lot of love.
MeganPosted at 01:51h, 25 July
so sorry for your loss. we lost our 14yr old dog last year, and it indeed leaves a big hole. hope your family can grieve together.
BonggamomPosted at 15:47h, 25 July
Oh my. Tracy, my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your sweet kitty. When our Kenya was run over, we cried for weeks.
PeetsMomPosted at 17:59h, 25 July
Awwww! That’s so sad! I’m so sorry..big hugs to you, Al and the girls.
carriePosted at 21:06h, 25 July
We have two cats – with us since they were kittens (they are now 13 and 12) and I think they are as much a part of our family as our two girls are (well, they were HERE first!).
I can only imagine what your family is feeling right now. We are so sorry for your loss.
Dana a/k/a SunshinePosted at 22:32h, 25 July
So sorry for the loss of your cat, your family member. That is heartbreaking.
LuPosted at 00:26h, 26 July
oh…this post made me think about my family pets over the years. they really do have a place in your heart. Especially when they leave.
landismomPosted at 02:13h, 26 July
I’m so sorry to hear about your cat. It really is hard when a beloved family pet dies.
Lawyer MamaPosted at 05:17h, 27 July
Oh, I’m so sorry, Tracey. We just lost one of our cats and I was overwhelmed by how much it hurt. xoxo
kim the midwifePosted at 06:26h, 27 July
losing my cats last year was harder than i imagined.
thanks for the lovely tribute- and story.
LindyPosted at 23:10h, 27 July
so sad for you- 18 yrs is a long time to share your life.
kelly raePosted at 01:34h, 28 July
oh honey, i love how the story of these kitties brought you love and family.
i’m so sorry for your loss…
JaimeePosted at 05:44h, 28 July
I know exactly how you feel…we lost our cat just a few months ago and it is such a hard thing to get through. She will never leave your heart!
MandarooPosted at 17:30h, 28 July
Oh Tracey, I am so sorry for you and your family. I’ve lost two cats that I’ve loved very much over the last two years, and know how heartbreaking it is. I planted a yellow rose bush that the husband and kids gave me when I lost my Sassy, and now I sit in my garden and think about her still quite frequently. A big hug out to you and your family.
geoPiratPosted at 18:08h, 28 July
I can understand your feelings. Having to say goodbye to 3 dogs was hard for me as well.
remabulousPosted at 21:29h, 28 July
Tracey- I am so sorry for your loss. I know well how painful it is to lose a much loved animal. Thank you for honoring the relationship by writing about it. When I lost my cat many played it down talking to me, as if a pet is a less significant family member. Those of us who have lost one know it isn’t. I send you much love, support, and gratitude for sharing your love for your cat. Take care of yourself.
KristaPosted at 15:49h, 29 July
I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. ~hugs~