Saying Goodbye to a Sweet Soul
She was 10 years old but sweet Sappho acted more like 6 months. Bright eyed, sincere, into simple pleasures. Back on the floor, belly exposed and stretching for the sky… this is how she slept. On the floor, in the bed, on the couch, in a flower pot, in your arms… this is where she slept.
When she wasn’t sleeping she was doing a walkabout and talking. She always had something to say, just like the kid that follows you everywhere saying “did you see it, did you see it.” When you least expect it she was ready to jump into my arms always expecting me to catch her… this was our thing as well as sweet, rough tongue cat licks on the face. She was a fierce companion always there by my side. When I walked outside and through the garden she hurried to catch up so as not to miss a thing.
She was the runt of her mom’s litter with goo in her eyes and only one working kidney. The only long hair in the bunch and I spotted her a mile away. The whole herd of cats was in a farm house in rural NJ. I was there for a stint working in outdoor education at a year- round facility. I saw the flyer at the local market and headed to pick out a new kitty. Little did I know what I was in for.
Catnip was king… those claws would stretch and retract along the rug like nobody’s business. Then get out of the way cause this little lady was streaking through the house and nothing could stop her – down one hall, through the cat door, around the house and back she came. “mama did you see me, I was flying”. It had only been like 15 seconds but I always smiled and said “go get it Sapph’s”. And she was off again chasing the imaginary mouse. Good times.
Faith and Luna remain (dog and cat). They look around for Sappho and they know she is gone. I had a dream the other night, a very Harry Potterish kind of dream. Sappho was about 20 yards away in a ghostly outline sitting on a perch. She meowed and started gliding towards me. Then right through me. I smiled. Sappho was saying goodbye. Goodbye sweet fairy of a kitty – you were loved.
We put straw in the garden and she loved it