Thursday, March 29, 2007

To Everything, Turn, Turn, Turn...

This is my cat Spare. I got her in 1990, the way you usually get things when you are just out of college. She belonged to a friend of my roomate who left her with us, and when my roomate moved out, Spare and I moved on. She lived with me in countless apartments in San Francisco, in the first house I ever rented out in the Oakland Hills, in our teeny Oakland apartment when I got married and our first son was born and for the past 9 years in our wonderful house here in the East Bay. She is pretty much the living, breathing witness of my journey to adulthood. She's been a great gal, and is secretly my DH's favorite cat, although he hates to admit it.

We don't know exactly how old she is, but it looks like today is going to be the last day. She's at the vet right now, and when the kids get home from school, I'm going to give them the option of coming with me to say goodbye. DH is going to take them home and I'm going to send her on this part of her journey by myself. It seems only right, as we've been through so much together.

I got the call from the vet with the test results as I was feeding TK. It really puts the whole "There is a Season" in perspective. I'm going to miss her very much.

Goodnight Spare.


D said...


So sorry to hear about your darling cat, Spare. You and she had a wonderful life together. Isn't sad that we can take better care of our pets (by putting them to "sleep" to avoid pain) than we can our parents, or other terminally ill humans? Also, congrats on your award last night. You deserved every minute of appreciation.

Natalie said...

I'm so sorry about Spare, Cyn. What a lucky cat to have been loved so much and for so long.

What award?? Hopefully when you're feeling a bit better you can blog about your award and spill the beans.


cynjay said...

Thanks guys. The kids actually took it much worse than I had anticipated. When I've recovered from such a yucky day, I'll update.

The award that D mentioned is part of my other life as PTA President. We had our annual Founder's Day dinner last night and everyone surprised me with a special award and some very, very nice comments. I was totally blown away.

Disco Mermaids said...

I'm so sorry about this. I went through the same thing last year with my kitty, Ricky. I got the call from the vet while I was sharing my work with my writing critique group. I hung up and cried and they helped me so much!

So thinking of ya!

:-) Robin