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161. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

This didnt make me frown today but it did make me sentimentally sad - l leave my current job in 3 weeks - been here over 6 years and love it, but l was made an offer l couldnt refuse - but 2 of my clients have just heard and they are just off the phone saying how much they will miss me etc etc and wishing me well, now lm sad!

162. Posted by Eleniki (Full Member 125 posts) 8y

Sadness doesn't make you frown, it just makes you, well, sad. I've felt it every day since May 17th when my furry companion of 18 years, Lolita, or Lady L, as she was known, amongst many other names, finally shrugged off her mortal shroud, twelve days after I returned from eight months travelling. She kind of waited. Great age, I know it, but it only makes it worse. Sad times. I empathise, Gretchen. Lolie was solo feline in this household, so it's echoey now.

163. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Quoting Eleniki

Sadness doesn't make you frown, it just makes you, well, sad. I've felt it every day since May 17th when my furry companion of 18 years, Lolita, or Lady L, as she was known, amongst many other names, finally shrugged off her mortal shroud, twelve days after I returned from eight months travelling. She kind of waited. Great age, I know it, but it only makes it worse. Sad times. I empathise, Gretchen. Lolie was solo feline in this household, so it's echoey now.

This makes me sad. I always hate it to hear that someone's pet died and the fact that you say 'she kind of waited' makes it worse. Hope you're alright!

164. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Thank you, Helen and I return the sympathies. I love Lolita as a name - have a mental picture of your cat in my head now. May be completely off but just the same...

You are correct on it doesn't make you frown, it makes you sad and makes you cry. We don't treat any of ours like "children" but they are still part of the family and we miss them terribly when they are gone. Too bad you aren't in my neck of the woods - I have 3-1 week old kittens that would melt your heart. Their eyes just opened on Monday. I also understand the waiting until you are there thing. Lolita obviously waited for you and Duncan waited for Kris to get home from work. Duncan was "his" cat more than mine. (His sister, Isadora, was strictly mine. She hated Kris just because.)

Anyway, our sympathies to you. ;)

165. Posted by Eleniki (Full Member 125 posts) 8y

Thanks for the kind words, Utrecht and Gretchen - I appreciate them. It's an interesting discussion, the love we feel for our pets - it's as diverse as the love people feel for their children. But children grow up and away, becoming independent, living their own lives, whereas pets have that close physical proximity and dependence for all of their lives, however long that may be. That's what makes it so hard to lose a pet. And no, I don't have children, which probably does make a difference.

Gretchen, I'd love to be in a position (literally) to see those little fluff-balls - I'd be so tempted, which is a good sign, as I couldn't even have contemplated such an idea 6 weeks ago. If you'd like to see if the picture you have of the late lady L is close to her regal reality, here are two lovely pictures of her taken years ago when she was only a slip of a 14-year-old :( :)

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 9, 2008, at 4:05 PM by Eleniki ]

166. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Writing a cheque to the fixed penalty office for my speeding fine, having a blister on my hand which is sore from "screwing" last night (alright l was putting together a unit thingy for my bathroom!) and having to wash at the kitchen sink - l kinda flooded the place - at 6.30am this morning. Made me frown, but not for long - glass is still half full!!

167. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 8y

Wow Helen, we have one strikingly similar to Lolita in the house (a little lighter colored, but same shape and face).

You have my deepest sympathies as well. We grow so attached to these little buggers and yet outlive them by so many years.....it's always difficult when they pass on. Duncan used to stretch out on my legs every night while we watched TV...he created so much heat that it would put me right to sleep and I'd miss whatever we were watching. I'd wake up with my legs very nearly on fire and a nasty kink in my neck!!!

When the time is right, you'll get another one, as will we. I still see us as two senile old farts being surrounded by 10 dogs, 20 cats, 2 horses, 2 mules, a herd of goats, the odd parrot, schools of goldfish, chickens, turkeys.......and walking around mumbling to them all day.

168. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

Quoting beerman

Wow Helen, we have one strikingly similar to Lolita in the house (a little lighter colored, but same shape and face).

You have my deepest sympathies as well. We grow so attached to these little buggers and yet outlive them by so many years.....it's always difficult when they pass on. Duncan used to stretch out on my legs every night while we watched TV...he created so much heat that it would put me right to sleep and I'd miss whatever we were watching. I'd wake up with my legs very nearly on fire and a nasty kink in my neck!!!

When the time is right, you'll get another one, as will we. I still see us as two senile old farts being surrounded by 10 dogs, 20 cats, 2 horses, 2 mules, a herd of goats, the odd parrot, schools of goldfish, chickens, turkeys.......and walking around mumbling to them all day.

Good stuff

169. Posted by Eleniki (Full Member 125 posts) 8y

Thanks Beerman, and James too, for making me smile, which means this post should be in its counter-thread and not here at all.
Lovely vision of your household, Kris and Gretchen - reminds me of my best friend's house down in the sticks. She has a menagerie. And a beautiful garden. And she's originally American! But that was years ago... :)
No! Back to the frowning!

170. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Quoting Eleniki

Back to the frowning!

I'm frowning because our toilet only wants to flush successfully every 10th time. :(

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