More Good byes

Yesterday was a day of good byes.  The first was a good bye to a fallen hero.  We attended the funeral of a great young man, a Navy Seal.  Our hearts break for this fine young man’s family.  A terrible loss, for his family, and for our nation.   It was the most somber day, which ended in an unexpected way.

Max the cat

Our rescue cat, Max, who we saved from a traumatic life (his companion cat died in a house fire from which he escaped), and who has lived in our home for five years, sucumbed unexpectedly to an underlying heart problem.  He was a feisty cat who compensated for his lack of claws (he was deprived of those before he came to live with us) by biting, gently for attention, and pretty hard when he was stressed or angry.  He came into a household with two labs and a beagle, but that was better than the life of a stray.   For the last six months of his life, now that there is just Clementine to contend with,  he ventured forth into our kitchen and family room and gained enough confidence to even sit in an open door way.  We did our best for him, and he leaves another empty spot in our hearts.

Whether you are saying Good bye to a truly great man, a hero, or a small domestic creature, the ache in the heart is undeniable.

About Jayne in Georgia

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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4 Responses to More Good byes

  1. Oh Jane, I am so sorry, cannot imagine having to endure the mourning of two beloved people/animals in your life all in one day. The fallen navy seals broke my heart, and it seemed so senseless as we were supposed to be out of this war, what like almost a year ago! I cannot imagine what those young families are going through and keep them in my daily prayers. And to your beloved cat, may he rest peacefully in heaven, and may you be comforted by happy memories to keep his memory alive within you forever and ever. Take care…sending a hug!


  2. jody says:

    Once you sent a card which I’ve never forgotten – it reminded me that the love we have owned can never be taken away. I do believe this. I wanted to remind you…
    The young soldier is a loss that cannot be defined. The heart breaks.


  3. What a sad post – losses like that just break your heart.


  4. Tricia says:

    How terribly sad! So sorry about the young man.

    My one and only meeting with your star-crossed cat was a glimpse of him on the stairstep, just out of reach, eyeing us with a glimmer of longing and then fleeing to the top when affection was offered by a stranger. The damage was too great for even your generous heart to heal.

    Rest in peace, both.


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