Many years ago, during a visit, my mother looked at a furry object on the floor and said, “What’s this?” Mother had a problem with my pride of kitties — and she realized this was an addition. I responded, “it’s a cat.” She rolled her eyes, as she said, “I can see that, but why?”
I sighed as I replied, “His name is Fred and before you get upset about another cat, how could I get rid of a cat that’s named after your father and looks like your husband.” She shook her head and walked away. Before the end of the visit, mom acknowledged, “You know, he does look like Wally.”
Many years later, my neighbor knocked at the door and asked me about 2 kittens in front of my house. One had Siamese markings the other was a little Calico. I explained they were not mine and he said, “we were concerned because we don’t want our dog to get them,” which explains 2 additions to my pride. That was more than 16 years ago.
The Calico had 2 adorable features — a little triangle marking on her nose, and she’s the first cat I’ve seen that had not just green, but green/hazel eyes. They reminded me of mom’s eyes. At her arrival, most of my kitties had taken on the names of characters in Gone With The Wind. This little girl became Belle or sometimes because she was so pretty, (and I am Italian after all) Bella. Hmmm and mom was a belle as well. She was Bonnibell and my little girl was of course a “bonnie” little Belle. I can imagine mom rolling her eyes at that one.
Belle is going on 17 years of age. According to a calculator I googled, the completion of 2 years in a cat’s life is equivalent to 25 years for us, then the difference drops significantly. But no matter how you figure it my little girl is older than I!
It’s become apparent in the last few weeks that my Belle was not feeling well. She’s been a great little girl, a wonderful companion, and I love her more than words can describe. After discussions with my veterinarian I had to acknowledge, it was time to let her go in peace.
Today I was with her at the doctors office. Saying goodbye is difficult, so as she drifted off, I whispered quietly ….
Buona notte Bella mia
Ciao bella mi amore