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Monday, May 04, 2009

A Very Fine Cat, Indeed


Early Beltane morning, when they were very thin, Miss Thing, my good grey cat, slipped between the veils. Just before she went, she climbed onto my bed, shoved me over, stretched one front leg out in her typical elegant pose, and we had a lovely snuggle. I pet her, she purred, life was good. Her purr was always amazing; I never once ceased to be amazed by the active grace of so much pleasure.

She was a very private cat, not too fond of strangers, but in the final years of her life, she opened her heart to the noisy, little, blonde boy who came careening into the place, tolerating him with supreme gentleness as he was learning to let her smell his hand before he began to pet her and gleefully announcing, "She's my buddy!"

Good bye, for now, dear friend.

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

You gave Miss Thing a wonderful life and comfort all of her days. What a fantastic gift. May your sorrow end soon and joyous memories of her life fill the void.

--Snugglebunny

ntodd said...

Oh my, no. My chest is so very heavy right now. May she enjoy romping with Sam in The Great Meadow. Peace be with you. We'll give you real hugs in a few days.

mirele said...

I am so sorry to hear that Miss Thing is no longer with you. She is in the Summerlands now.

May your grief slowly ebb as new life pushes forward this spring.

Jeffraham Prestonian said...

Very sorry to hear, Hecate. Peace.
.

panopalo said...

So very sorry, Hecate. Peace.

ERG said...

Miss Thing, so lovely and regal.

Vicki said...

Hecate,

I'm so very sorry to learn of your loss.

Peace to you.

xan said...

oh dear. Hecate I am so sorry to hear of this. My sympathies to you, and most especially to g/son who must learn of death so soon. Perhaps when time has passed and healing has come, he can help you pick out a new friend, who while living with you will grow up with him.

excuse me, the screen has got all blurry and I cannot see well. Blessed be.

Saje said...

I know how difficult this is... I am sorry for your loss. Blessings for you both.

Anonymous said...

May you find one another again one day and until then, peace.


cgreen

Aquila ka Hecate said...

Cerridwen keep her.
She was ideed a beautiful soul.
Love,
Terri in mid-Samhain

steph said...

Sad that you two critters are parted. Peace to your sadness, and joy to your memories.

ina said...

You are in my thoughts, Hecate. Miss Thing lived well and was well loved.

Peace.

Joan said...

Saddens me to learn of Miss Thing leaving you (and vicariously, the rest of us.)

You were a great pair.

Anonymous said...

Such gentle words for your grey friend. Peace to you hecate.

EkC

echidne said...

Pablo Neruda:
But the cat
wants nothing more than to be a cat,
and every cat is pure cat
from its whiskers to its tail,
from sixth sense to squirming rat,
from nighttime to its golden eyes.
Nothing hangs together
quite like a cat:
neither flowers nor the moon
have
such consistency.
It's a thing by itself,
like the sun or a topaz,
and the elastic curve of its back,
which is both subtle and confident,
is like the curve of a sailing ship's prow.
The cat's yellow eyes
are the only
slot
for depositing the coins of night.
Blessed be, Miss Thing.

Love to Hecate

geor3ge said...

{{{{{{{{Hecate}}}}}}}}

Liri said...

My condolences. She exited in a sweet and graceful manner, with a Loved One to see her off. As far as Final Scenes go, can't do much better.

Steve-MD/DC (aka Liri)

Terraluna said...

May the goddess protect her. May she find endless warm sunbeams in the Summerlands. May her beloved family know peace.

Anonymous said...

Hecate,
My heart is with you.
Sarah Deere

Marya said...

Such a graceful eparture. And a graceful farewell. Thinking of you as you mourn your companion.

Mary in Africa

Livia Indica said...

What a great furry lady she was and is in another form now. I guess it's fitting that she left this world just as the seasons were turning but I'm sure that doesn't make you miss her any less. Take comfort, my friend, in knowing that you will meet her again.

Ralphie said...

Peace.

Terry C, An American Again! said...

I was floored when I heard last night. May she rest in peace. I hope she meets up with my Peaches, Piewacket and Muffy as well as Bonzo and Duffy.

plantsman said...

My condolences, Hecate; and what a gracious and loving parting commentary on Miss Thing's passing.

Be Well and at Peace.

plantsman

Ruth said...

So glad she came to you with a parting offering of her grace.

filkertom said...

So very sorry, Goddess. Hugs and condolences and gentle songs for you, your family, and your lovely Miss Thing.

VforVirginia said...

[crying]

Really, really sorry. She was beloved. She will be missed.

Anonymous said...

So sorry. Miss Thing's departure must leave a cat-shaped hole in your life.

--Snarkworth

Libby Spencer said...

{{{Hecate}}} I'm very sad to hear this news. I hope you find comfort in her graceful passing. Surely no good grey cat had a better life on this side of the veils. Peace and love to you and yours as you mourn the loss of a dear friend.

Green said...

Oh Hecate,my heart aches for you. What a lovely tribute to your glorious Miss Thing. May she romp joyfully in the Summerlands, and peace to you, dear Goddess.

Anonymous said...

We do a requiem dance just for U. Peace.

Your Friends,
Teh Giant Puppets

pie said...

Hecate, what a beautiful tribute. And what beautiful comments by all of us who love you.

I hope the noisy, little blonde boy will be around to give you lots of big hugs in the days to come. I think that and the beauty of your garden will be the biggest comforts of all.

clymela said...

Let me join in with the others to say "oh my!!" My heart is with you now.

Anonymous said...

{{Hecate}} I'll miss her graciously allowing me to pet her to comfort myself on the loss of my own Avon kitty. I did ask him to look after her on Friday night. I'm sure she'll be there to greet you when you make your own journey with her wonderful kitty grin.


K.

Anita said...

My condolences, Hecate. It's never easy; but what a graceful way for her to say goodbye. Peace to you and to her spirit.

Anonymous said...

I am very sorry for the loss of your beloved companion.

May the sweet memories of Miss Thing be a balm on your grief.

Vermillion said...

Oh Hecate, I'm sorry to hear that. Blessings to you and yours.

Anonymous said...

I am so very, very sorry. Like ntodd said, my chest feels heavy. Cats are wonderful friends and spirits. I always enjoyed reading about Miss Thing and seeing her lovely photos.--Level Best

Anonymous said...

Hecate,

I never once ceased to be amazed by the active grace of so much pleasure.This pretty much sums up my impression of the wondrous mutual regard you had for Miss Thing and she for you. I imagine you and G/son in your garden, he's running slightly ahead of you, giggling as he enjoys the vibrant life you have lovingly planted and she will be smiling that regal, uber content and knowing smile upon you both.

Summerlands/Rainbow Bridge.
http://www.indigo.org/rainbowbridge_ver2.html
About halfway through, you see a familiar face.

Peace be with you.
UUgal

Mama Kelly said...

{{{{ Hecate }}}} I am so sorry!

Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE said...

Hecate, I am so VERY sorry to read this. Miss Thing will be much missed. When we meet Sarah for drinks tomorrow night, you can tell us all about what happened and we'll raise a glass to her. I traditionally say "may her memory be a blessing" in situations like this, but I don't even have to wish that for you - I know it to be true.

Sarah said...

OH NO not Ms Thing!!!!
That was one gorgeous cat.

What Terraluna said.

Michael C said...

Thank you for sharing your love and your loss, Hecate.
May Miss Thing be safe, may she be well, may she be happy, may she have ease of awareness on all her journeys.

Teacats said...

A lovely quiet crossing -- and we all know that she will always be present in some magical way at home .... and in other paths through the Veil. So sorry about your loss ....

Jan at Rosemary Cottage where four small cat souls graciously let me serve them .....

Maritzia said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. What a fine time to cross over, though. She's the third cat I've heard passed over on Beltane this year. I think they feel the thinness of the veil when their time is close.

May your memories ease your grief!

Anne Johnson said...

Whoa. I'm late to this one. I feel like I knew her from all the wonderful pictures and blogging you did about her! May she romp with the faeries while she waits for you...

Anonymous said...

Very sorry to hear about your cat. Pets are friends like no other.
DC blogger