>> Wednesday, October 2, 2013
In May I wrote about our dear Teco. Since then she has been diagnosed with cancer. The months we had hoped for have now passed into the inevitable days and hours to come. We've tried to make her as comfortable as possible as endless time will soon reclaim the body she is now trapped in. It was never a suitable place for such a perfect being as she is anyway.
Because such an illness is a slow one to culminate - We've been able to say our goodbyes many times over and over. This is a mixed blessing as you can imagine. But I wanted to remember her this way... Still alive, still aware and here in her physical presence. She still purrs in the pleasure of our human touch and that's the way I want her memory to remain by way of this living memorial post.
*****Teco is and will always be the light and joy of my heart. If I could recall just a few of the things I'll treasure most, they'd be remembering her suckling habit that she kept well into her adult years... Her tolerance when we introduced new members to the family like Tucker...
And most recently a little black kitty we named Oz. Poor guy, he will be denied the benefit of big-sister-cat-lessons, play and all the love that Teco surely would have given to him under different circumstances.
I'll miss the loving way she'd groom and nap with her big-dog-brother Backus. Teco was never a miser with affection... And she was never a speciesist.
I'll miss her scampering foot patters down the hall in the morning as she announced to the house another fun day has begun! I'll miss her soft purrs at night resting in the folds of the sheets. ...
And her comical stick out tongue.
For everything in between she is and will always be a most ideal individual. She's been a pleasant distraction as I've tried to navigate around an often hostile world...
No matter what shade of blue, green or teal her eyes decided to shine in, there was always love looking back from them. She even treated the small lizards and frogs she caught in a soft manner. I don't think she's ever harmed a single one of them... I know so few humans that carry themselves with such gentleness and dignity as she.
I'll miss her tolerance and patience. Her curiosity. Her quiet intelligence that reminds me always to value the moment, because really... Among good friends, that's the only important thing.
She is the best. A companion and a teacher. I will never stop missing her or ever stop being grateful for the joy she's brought into my world. When her final time comes: I'll miss this feline girl-friend of mine to an unbearable degree... I thank you Dear Teco for being you and for letting us share the wonderful preciousness of your life. For us, sweet one, there never will be a last goodbye.