When we first heard about this new day of remembrance, we knew we’d have to be on board. It was started by the blog of Deb Barnes called Zee and Zoey to honor her cats who had gone to the Bridge but also to allow ALL of us a special day to be set aside to honor those we’ve ALL had to say goodbye to as they left for the Rainbow Bridge.
In honor of the day, those of us in the Tabby Cat Club who are participating are relating stories of our friends and furramily who have gone before us…………you can read their contributions here but blogs all over the world will be participating in this event so don’t be surprised to see many remembrances shared today.
At the TCC my Mom and I talked about the cat before me, Eddy……Eddy was a gray tabby cat and he was a stray who worked his way into my parents’ hearts about the time my Mom’s Dad passed away in 1993. Good timing – just when Mom needed a special kind of hug (she didn’t have a cat at the time although she’d ALWAYS had cats!) that only a kitty can give, there came Eddy. He lived in the neighborhood but had been abandoned by his family when they moved and since everyone knew him (but nobody wanted to give him a home), he wandered begging and being “everybody’s friend” for several years apparently. I think he knew my Mom was lonely – he gave her a big hug one day when she was sitting outside my Dad’s house – and that was that. He moved in. He moved out to the new house Mom and Dad built after they got married – and he was already a senior then. He had three more really good years before he got extremely sick and went to the Bridge. He was lucky enough to be one of the main characters in my Mom’s first mystery novel, “The Mystery of David’s Bridge”…………I wish I’d known him. I really do. I will meet him one day over the Bridge I’m SURE of it.
SO, a day of remembrances begins……………….not with a tear, but with a smile. Those who are there are ALWAYS with us and we will ALWAYS feel their presence.