Friday, January 13, 2012

Saying Goodbye


Last night we said goodbye to a beloved member of our family. Jasmine was with us for nearly 21 years. She came home with our daughter after visiting family in Tennessee. Jazz, as we called her, got to see the kids grow up, visiting family and friends when they would stop by, a move to Maine, and to see other furry family members come and go. She was very social and the first to greet guest at the door. Often jumping in their lap once they sat down. Jazz was with me when I left a design studio to chase my dream of becoming an illustrator, sitting by my side when I am drawing. She would sit in Lynn's lap while she read. I think Lynn would read to her secretly. Always quick with a purr, a meow, and some attitude at times, she seemed to enjoy being part of a family. We will miss her terribly, we already do. She will always be part of the family and in our hearts forever.

16 comments:

Annie said...

A beautiful tribute, thank you for sharing her story.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, she woke me up early on those 'adventures of taking care of pets' sleepovers!

Caryl said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your sweet Jazz. What a wonderful cat and lovely family member.

Jill Bergman said...

I'm sorry you lost your friend. It's wonderful that you had so many great years together. I still remember fun and wonderful things about my cats who are no longer with me. Take care!

Nori Tominaga said...

Ah, so sorry to hear. Adorable cat

Rena J. Traxel said...

Sorry for your loss. Thanking you for sharing. It's important to remember those we loved.

Amy LV said...

Oh, I'm sorry. What a good little friend. I find this poem by Miller Williams to be so true - http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/125.html and Cynthia Rylant's CAT HEAVEN has helped to heal us a few times too.

Marjorie said...

Oh, Russ, I'm so sorry. It is so hard when you lose a beloved pet. It sounds as though she shared in some very special times with you, and will always be a part of that.

The Pen and Ink Blog said...

Thanks you sharing your story. I am sorry for your loss

Medea said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I'm glad you have so many memories of her.

Jackie Castle said...

It's hard to lose such dear family members. We had our dog nearly 20 years before we finally decided he needed to be put down. It was sad.

Patty said...

My heart breaks for all of you...Jazz was lovely.

Helena Juhasz said...

Sincerest condolences. It's nice to have company while drawing/creating ;)

Stacy S. Jensen said...

Very sorry to hear about your cat. Our animals are an important part of our family. A very lovely tribute.

Phillo said...

There's something unfathomable about losing a pet. Nice tribute though, and photo.

Beth Stilborn said...

My heart goes out to you. She was truly a member of the family.

 
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