Juggling life through a bi-polar lens. Sometimes up, sometimes down. Mostly trying to tread water in the middle. Creating a likeness to a normal life. Whatever "normal" is...

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Christmas presents for kitties

Back in 1983 my parents adopted a little cat. 
Katie-Kat came from the Cats Protection League, as they were then called. She was about 18 months old, they reckoned, and had been rescued from a bunch of kids who'd been using her as a football. She was tiny. 

She remained tiny. And remained with us till April 2000, when, thinned by kidney failure, but still chatting to us, we had to say goodbye. She was maybe 18 1/2. 

You see, I had been thinking of Scooter's birth, in 1993, and saying that this would be the first Christmas in nearly 20 years when I hadn't bought a present for a cat. But I didn't included old Katie-Kat, our little, brave, black and white pusscat from the 80's. Including her, it means this is the first Christmas in 29 years, not 20.... 

Well, this won't do..... 

Mum and I have been adding a little cat food to our baskets when we go shopping at Sainsbury or Tesco, and dropping it into a collection bin they keep, for the local cat sanctuary. As I add mine, I whisper, this from Scooter..

And I commissioned this little gift stone for Scooter's place in the garden, for a Christmas present... this was and is my special name for him:

After I'd placed it where Scooter is buried with his sisters, I looked back and saw the doves above the spot...

Can you see how they make a heart shape?
 Hug your loved ones close this Christmas. I lost two precious friends this year. Don't take anyone, or anything for granted. Live each moment in the now. Things change quickly. Years rush by. Loved ones go..... hold them tightly.

And if any of them have fur, give them a hug from me xxx
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Love, tea & Christmas cake,  


Julie said...

How lovely to see those doves above Scooter's special spot in your garden.♥ I have been buying food for our local cat rescue centre too :-) I love the sentiments you have expressed, so very true. I hope you are feeling better in the tum today. Enjoy your day despite all the colds (Mr Julie has a sore throat today too). xxxx

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Helena, you really are a special person. I hope you all feel better soon. Hug your loved ones and stay cosy. xxx

Mitch and Molly said...

What a beautiful post! Merry Christmas, Helena!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

ABBY said...

this brought tears to me eyes.
To see those beautiful doves huddled together forming a heart above Scooter, that is so special. He is still sending you his love.
Many blessing to you
Meowy Christmas from the ManxMnews family!

Angel and Kirby said...

Merry Christmas from us!

Di said...

Bless you Helena, a lovely post and the doves are sending a message I think. Lovely photo of you too honey!

Big hugs, Di xx;

Feronia said...

What a lovely post, Helena. So beautifully put and so true. You've created such a special place for dear Scooter. That is such a lovely photo of you, too. I hope your Christmas Day was a nice one.
Big hugs,
Em xx

Found art blog said...

Awww..... gosh, that's lovely!!

mrsnesbitt said...

Helena - the doves were so beautiful xx Thoughts to you my dear xxxxx