1993 – 2009 | remembering

(love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation)

it’s one year later, and i still can’t believe how lucky i was to share sixteen years of my life with the siamese cat i called chloe.

chloe

one look into her piercing azure eyes that november day in 1993, and i was hooked. she came home with me that evening and never left. i was enchanted by her stubby tail, her deliciously chocolately seal points, and the gaze i came to realize was laden with wisdom and truth and understanding. she was quiet yet fierce, intensely loyal, and always the embodiment of beauty and grace. she was the best of everything good i’ve ever known.

remembering

the years treated us well, save for a few mishaps — most notably the window ledge incident and the porch roof escapade — but we survived the adventures, and she was always there to curl up with me at the end of each day and quietly lull me to sleep with her velvety purr.

chloe

it was a good life, filled with pillows and smiles and nicknames and sunbeams. and love, so much love.

it was a life well-lived.

the lymphoma and renal failure eventually slowed her step and tired her body, but there was always a twinkle of fire in her eyes, and when she looked at me that saturday morning last may, i knew. it was time. there was only one thing left for me to do.

and so, on that clear, sunny morning, joined by the people who loved her, i said goodbye to my sweet, sweet girl — my chloe.

cat nap

today, as yesterday, and as tomorrow,
she is missed as she was loved –

g r e a t l y .


3 Comments

Heather, what a lovely and touching post about your beloved Chloe (Brenda says, wiping away a tear or two). We are SO blessed and lucky to share ou rlives with these little fuzzies. Big big hug.

Posted by Brenda on 2 May 2010 @ 2pm

Great post. I enjoyed reading it. I am left curious for details to the “window ledge incident and the porch roof escapade.” Maybe someday you’ll have the time to share those stories.

Posted by Colin on 2 May 2010 @ 8pm

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful kitty (although Chloe was so much more) and a special love. I was fortunate to share and witness it all those years and that was a blessing for me. Chloe will live forever in our hearts and our memories. She is missed and remembered by our family today and every day.

Love you, Heather!

Posted by Mom on 10 May 2010 @ 1pm

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