Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #78

Thirteen Things I Want To Remember About
Gremlyn 6/4/93-3/18/07

1. The way she rode on my shoulder from a tiny kitten to the last week of her life one year ago.

2. The way she would groom the tears off my eyelids and cheeks.

3. The many 'conversations' we had that would go on for as long as I replied for she always had the last word.

4. The way she slept in my lap while I read or sewed.

5. The way she kept us in stitches with her antics chasing shadows and dust motes if there was nothing more substantial; literally climbing the walls and launching herself into backflips off them.

6. Finding her asleep in the salad bowl on the second shelf up above the kitchen counter. More than once. (Tho I'd rather not remember having to wash every last dish on those two shelves each time.)

7. Having her land on my head or shoulder as I passed through a door or by the fridge or mantle or the living room drapes.

8. Having her purr next to my ear as I'm falling asleep.

9. The weight of her curled in a ball on my hip, or chest as I slept.

10. The way she would climb a door and ride it back and forth as she pushed against one wall and then the other until that moment she miscalculated and didn't get her front paws back under her in time so that her belly was arched over the abyss as she howled> And how if her front paws happened to be on the top of the doorway she would hang from the molding screaming until rescued but if she had just pushed off against the wall and did not jump down before the door closed then her hind paws would be shoved off as the door closed and she would fall and if she had trapped herself in the room would howl and scream until rescued.

11. Having her snuggled inside my fleece jacket or windbreaker with its bottom tied off to prevent her from slipping out and its front zipped up but not far enough to keep her from poking her head out at will. She would stay there for hours as I typed at the computer or as I paced up and down the driveway or as I did laundry, dishes or housework or sat on the front steps reading.

12. The way she would put a paw on my face to turn my head to face her so she could 'tell' me something. Occasionally the 'telling' was emphasized by a nip on the nose.

13. Her funny face.

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9 tell me a story:

Susan Helene Gottfried 3/20/2008 8:22 AM  

I am growing afraid my time to write this sort of post is drawing near...

Ann 3/20/2008 8:27 AM  

She sounds like she was a great cat, and that you were lucky to have known her.
Susan- I'm sorry to hear that.

Anonymous,  3/20/2008 8:36 AM  

I am in the same boat as Susan... this post made me cry thinking about my previous pets. Thanks for sharing, this was really thoughtful and nice!

L^2 3/20/2008 10:12 AM  

What a nice memorial. It sounds like she was a wonderful companion.

Anonymous,  3/20/2008 8:41 PM  

What a great cat she must have been. I wish we could have one, but Middle Monster is allergic. Hugs.

Anonymous,  3/20/2008 11:04 PM  

Kitty friends are the best, aren't they?

Karen 3/21/2008 9:59 AM  

I'm sorry you lost your cat. It looks like you have many fond memories.

sobeit 3/22/2008 6:52 PM  

I must admit that I couldn't read your whole post. I have three dogs and they are my children. The tears started to form on #3. I'm glad that you are able to reflect on your wonderful friend!


Unknown 3/22/2008 8:38 PM  

Hugs. She sounds like she was a lovable kitty. I love my cats, too.

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