Broken hearts

February 9, 2011 at 8:42 pm 8 comments

I stood in silence behind my husband in the darkness and watched as he knelt to the ground and pushed the layer of snow aside.  Using a pick and a shovel, he then began to chip away at the frozen earth—little by little—until the shallow hole was the perfect size.

The air was crisp and the moon provided just enough light for me to watch him walk away. As he did, I sobbed out loud, and the salty tears stung my flesh as they traversed their way down my cheeks and dropped onto my coat.  He returned a few moments later, cradling our smallest furbaby. Despite her size, she had the biggest and flashiest personality. She knew she was cute…and she knew he liked her best.

Her favorite spot to sleep during the winter months was nestled in a pile of hay in the back of the pickup when it was parked in the garage.  It seemed fitting, then, that husband thoughtfully arranged a bed of hay in the shallow hole.  He laid her small body atop the hay before slowly dragging the soil back over to fill in the grave.

We walked back to the house in silence. So long, Fluffy Girl. You were a beautiful kitten that grew into a charmer.  You stole our hearts.  We will miss you.

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  • 1. Annski  |  February 9, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    What a beautiful girl! I am so sorry for your loss. I can certainly see how she won your hearts! This moving account of your goodbyes seems to make time stop. Farewell furbaby.

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    • 2. Rita  |  February 10, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks, Ann. We didn’t have her for long…about 5 years or less, I think. She was a sweetie!

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  • 3. Pj  |  February 9, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Fluffy kitty was such a sweetie! We will surely miss her! So sorry for you and Burlie!

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    • 4. Rita  |  February 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      The other cats miss her, too. They were lost the first day…you could just tell. Funny how animals know stuff. 😦

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  • 5. Danielle  |  February 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    She was absolutely beautiful. I feel your loss and your pain through your post and I’m thinking of you. It just rips your heart out, doesn’t it? Sending you the best thoughts that I can muster up! 🙂

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    • 6. Rita  |  February 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      Danielle, I know that you understand how badly it hurts to lose our furbabies. It will get easier as time goes on, but a piece of us dies with each one, I think…

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  • 7. Ya Ya  |  February 22, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Awww…man! It’s so hard to lose one, isn’t it. I’m so sorry about your loss.

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    • 8. Rita  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:05 pm

      You know the anguish, don’t you? *sigh* Life is never easy when you have furbabies!

      Reply

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