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Saying Goodbye

30 May

Our one of two cat food bowls sitting empty this morning took on a whole new and sorrow-filled meaning. We put our cat Juba down yesterday.

14-years ago, almost directly after filling out the paperwork to buy the house we still reside in, we went to the Humane Society to fetch ourselves a cat in which to accompany our fresh purchase. Over-run with a new litter of orange kittens – to the point of being out of cages to put them in – they offered us a two-for-one deal. After some minor hesitation, we accepted their offer and left with two brother kittens, one in each hand.

Over the years, we’ve often pondered how terrible it would’ve been had we gotten only one, as we had intended (though we wouldn’t have known it). Our 2 brother cats have been great company and friends to each other. A couple of years ago, I finally got around to something I’d wanted to do for a long while. I sent the Humane Society a card, thanking them for their generosity in giving us a buy-one-get-one-free kitten and providing such a wonderful service to our community.

If you spent even short snippets of time sitting on our couch, it’s likely you would find yourself with a Juba asleep part-way on your lap in relatively short order.

I like to tell people that my superhero power is the fact that I take a nap most every day. Without fail, Juba would always join me, tucking right in close like a tandem skydiver. He had a sixth sense for when I was preparing to lie down and would pad his way on in, regardless of whether he was near or far away.

I think Juba had a lot to do with honing in my superhero power. He was an accomplished, gold-level snuggler. Now that he’s gone, my powers will be weakened for a spell as I re-calibrate, learning how to rest – and live – without him by my side.

 

 

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Posted by on May 30, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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8 responses to “Saying Goodbye

  1. Kathi

    May 30, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Dear friend ❤️
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. I hold you in my heart. I am glad you had those 14 sweet years with Juba.

     
  2. 5amt3n

    May 30, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Reading your words of loss and of love brought tears to my eyes. What a gift you and Juba have shared, both of you the richer for having loved each other for so many years. You are in my heart and thoughts. Rest in peace little one.

     
  3. goingoutwordsandinwords

    May 30, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Thank you both so very much for your kind words of support.

     
  4. Liz

    May 31, 2018 at 1:52 am

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your dear friend. They are family members at the end of the day and the pain is just as hard. May over time it eases. Deepest sympathies. Hugs. x

     
    • goingoutwordsandinwords

      May 31, 2018 at 6:48 am

      Thank you Liz – yes, he was a big part of the family to be sure. He always will be.

       
  5. Marc-André

    June 3, 2018 at 2:29 am

    Oh no :( I’m so sorry to hear. <3

     
    • goingoutwordsandinwords

      June 3, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      We are all of the nature to die – but knowing this doesn’t erase the sadness felt when a loved one passes away, of course.

       

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