Friday, November 28, 2008

Edgar

When we were first married I saw an adorable kitten in front of our grocery store. It was free. I said to Sam that I would like to get the animal. He said: OK you can have the kitten or you can have me. It only took seconds for me to decide. But for fifty plus years we joked about my cat-less life and I told Sam that if he died before I did, I would go to the pound and get a cat on my way home from the funeral. Well, he did die, and I did get a kitten a few days later. The first Saturday Farmer's market after Sam died I saw a woman sitting spinning yarn. She had a basket at her feet, and in the basket were three kittens. One was black and white and when I held him I was at first so amazed at the heat I felt in my hand. He was so small that he fit perfectly into my hand. When I turned him a bit, I discovered that there were hundreds of black fleas on his white stomach. I could not put him back in his basket. After visiting the pet store I took him home where he met Cap our two year old Brittany. The fur stood up on the back of the cat and he made a treathening sound and so he was named. He was an Edgar Allen Poe cat. He and Cap saved me from years of misery of missing Sam.

7 comments:

Emiana said...

Poignant. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.

Beth said...

my husband said I could get 1 cat - so I brought home 3. A half a year later one cat had gone so we only had 2. I asked for 1 more. He said yes. So I brought home 2. Now I have 4 cats!

He used to hate cats because growing up his sisters cat attacked him and he had to go to the hospital. All of our cats love him and won't leave him alone! I told him they are making up for that one bad cat!

Fire Fox said...

My cat's name is Charlie ... short for Charles Dickens... when he was a kitten he was full of the "dickens"! He has captured my heart, and has me well-trained (open the door for me, feed me, pet me, open the door for me). Nice post... thank you!

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

I'm so glad you had animals. I love all of mine so much, and they take away the loneliness.

Jodie said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your BBQ turkey turned out well. Shreve mentioned your plans in her blog. Cats are great company.

Sarah said...

I have two kitties, Finn and Furgus. For the first few years of our marriage, when we rented a house, my husband said "no cats." Finally, when we bought a house, he ran out of excuses. I ran right to the adoption place and spent several hours choosing just the right kitty (Furgus) It figures, but Furgus quickly became my husband's cat, following him around, wanting him to rough house. He even lays on his back with four paws up staring at my husband. Sigh. Luckily, my husband let me get another to keep Furgus company. Happy to report that Finn loves me best.

Jennie said...

I am so glad you had some pets to help cope with losing Sam. I had a Brittany too. She was the best dog anyone could ever ask for.