December 11th, 2005

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Other people's "Children"

Not long ago a cat called MowMow departed this life, and his momma posted a RIP on the Voyager message board... and I wept for him, although I had never met him. Yesterday rolanni posted no more than a photograph of this beautiful cat called Hypatia, and the dates bracketing another life. And I wept for that cat, too, although I had never met her.

Back over the years of my life, I've often cried for other people's "children" - dogs that called other folks "master", cats that owned other people. Somehow I feel the loss of each of those little lives when it touches my own, even if it's only as a note in cyberspace and I never connected with them in the real-life world. But their absence, I still feel it, a small cold spot in a warm universe.

I think back on my own - the first dog I ever owned, who died of cancer, without my ever even getting the chance to say goodbye; the second German SHepherd of our house, the magnificent clown, who didn't deserve the end that she got, permanently paralysed in her back end, dying in pain; the beloved Shepherd/Rottie mix who would, on the command "Talk to Alma!" burst into these extended mutters and murmurs and whines and half-barks, an entire conversation, who also died far from me and to whom I never said goodbye. Domino, the cat I
"inherited" when I moved to America and whom, apparently, I tamed from a hissy queen to a pussycat before she got old, and blind, and plumb wore out. I remember them all, and the funny little things they did, and the presence they had in my life. SOmewhere they're all waiting for me.

And in the meantime - I've already said this, to those who lost members of their own families - my thoughts, and my tears, are there with you. And may their memory never grow dim.
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So, to cheer me up, from someone else's blog...

Your Birthdate: July 5

You have many talents, and you are great at sharing those talents with others.
Most people would be jealous of your clever intellect, but you're just too likeable to elicit jealousy.
Progressive and original, you're usually thinking up cutting edge ideas.
Quick witted and fast thinking, you have difficulty finding new challenges.

Your strength: Your superhuman brainpower

Your weakness: Your susceptibility to boredom

Your power color: Tangerine

Your power symbol: Ace

Your power month: May