Wednesday, April 27, 2016

On Wednesday—Home with Cats #11: Memories

I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.”
--Jean Cocteau

Most Wednesdays, we explore different ways home is changed, improved, and complicated when cats are part of that home.

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This is one of the last photographs I took of Chase Bird. I took it on Oct. 16 last year, 11 days before he died unexpectedly.

On that day, I was keeping Chase Bird and Abbey in the kitty Zen room with the door closed while the HVAC man checked the furnace before winter weather set in.

I snapped this picture with my phone, and it’s a precious picture to me. Abbey and Chase Bird relaxing together, looking comfortable with each other. They didn’t like being closed in a room, but they were OK.

Six months ago today, Chase Bird made his journey to the Rainbow Bridge. While I still cry—every day—I also hold a lot of memories of him that make me happy and comfort me. 

Our home is filled with memories of the cats who are no longer with us. I remember where they liked to nap, where they liked to play, what spot in the kitchen they chose to eat in. Snuggles, playtime, scratches, purrs, meows, and mews. What they sounded like as they walked or ran into a room. How they bent over a food bowl. What they liked best to eat. Where I tended to them when they were sick. Where I held them last. 

The time I sat with them in a room because I was afraid the HVAC man would hold the door open and they would get out.

I’m thankful for these memories. Because love is wrapped up in all of them.

19 comments:

  1. Oh Tina, this touches me so very deeply. I remember all your wonderful posts about Chase Bird -- such a handsome boy! And the shock that came with his death so quickly, so unplanned. We're coming up on Gypsy's anniversary and it's four years. I don't cry every day anymore and one day you won't either. But I still have tears sometimes -- and floods of memories. I love the memories, the same as you do. I don't need to tell you to cherish every one because I know you do. I send huge cyber hugs and the whisper of kitty tails across many miles to you today.

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  2. You definitely never forget the sweet furry family members from the past.

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  3. Your cat friends are still with you, captured in your heart.

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  4. guys....we send big mega soooper hugs two yur mom two day; we noe itz knot eazee..... we R sorree we never getted two noe Chase Bird....but one things for sure; Chase loved... & still does love ewe....right back ♥♥♥

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  5. Non cat owners would never know how each cat is such an individual. But they are. I love them.

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  6. A precious moment forever yours to enjoy. I do so wish I had more photos of our first two pets. I think I have more photos of Madi than I do of our daughter. LOL
    Hugs Cecilia

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  7. Beautiful words, thank you for sharing them!

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  8. I am so sorry you lost your Chase Bird, he was a handsome boy. Memories and photos are the only way to survive losing our fur babies.

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  9. We hope all the good memories you have of Chase Bird helps turn your tears to smiles. Purrs...

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  10. Heartwarming post! We all remember Chase Bird, the wonderful posts about him. Our fur babies leave paw prints all over our heart ♥

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  11. What a beautiful and poignant post. Hugs, purrs and prayers to you as you remember your beloved Chase Bird.

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  12. so beautiful and I know we can all relate. I am so sorry for your loss. What an adorable baby. ((((hugs)))) catchatwithcarenandcody

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  13. What a beautiful post this is. Your Chase Bird was a very handsome boy, and he will always be with you. It's wonderful to have such memories as these. Prayers to you today as you remember your sweet Chase Bird.

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  14. So sorry for your loss. They are always with us, no matter what.

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  15. I am so sorry you lost your Chase Bird baby. Losing fur babies is so so difficult - it's a pain I find many do not understand. My Jewel went to the Bridge over 18 months ago, but I think of her everyday. It is helpful to hold onto the memories of our babies. I'm glad you have many to hold onto.
    Purrs and hugs <3

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  16. Aww...My heart is filled with memories of my cats who are no longer here to play. Thinking of Katherine, Owen, Amos, Ginger and Pumpkin.

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  17. Our mom likes to think they can still feel that love totally wrapped around them!
    Cammie

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