Thankful Thursday 17 January 2019

Miss Mimi peacefully died on Tuesday, 15 January 2019 at 6:56 AM. Mom texted me with the news. While we have the stray cat we neutered last year in the house, it’s not the same and I need some time to grieve.

I thought of a post this morning, for the future, that I want to take my time with. I am grateful for Mimi’s love for the past 10.5 years. As Terry at the library said, “while they brought us joy and love, we also gave them joy and love that they will take with them.”

I am grateful for the friends, co-workers from both jobs, and relatives that reached out to me after Mimi crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Ms. Ernestine has let me keep Blu, her pet fish, on my desk so I won’t feel so alone. Terry gave a copy of the Rainbow Bridge poem with condolences, Shetana and Kathleen sent me e-cards, Aunt Peg sent all of us (mom, dad, and I) a pet sympathy card.  I’m also thankful for all the blog buddies that reached out. They have made the transition easier.

What are you thankful for today?’

Oh, here is a picture of the boy. Mom and dad have been spending time with him, but I can’t right now. I sort of had a blow up about it the other night with friends, we started bringing him in when Mimi was alive and he stalked her a few times. She was visably shaken and felt like we were going to replace her. I said that he killed her and he belongs in the trash (I wouldn’t hurt the cat, but he’s a stray and went from trash can to trash can). I offended an old friend who is vegan and she didn’t want to hear anymore of it. She didn’t think my anger was justified and she didn’t think a stray cat could bring in diseases. Most of my friends agreed with me, that he could have brought disease, but they also understood my feelings. I just lost Mimi and I have a right to my feelings. They also agreed that I just need some time to grieve.



And mom sent me these two of Mimi from last month:

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2 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday 17 January 2019”

  1. Dear Jessica Marie,

    You have every right to your feelings about Mimi. She was your pet and your close friend for more than ten years. No other cat, no other pet of any kind, can take her special place in your heart. You need time to grieve and to process this great loss. I am thankful to read about all the friends and co-workers who reached out to you and offered comfort. I remember receiving the Rainbow Bridge poem from our veterinary office when my Toto died. It is beautiful. It gives us hope that someday we will be reunited with the animals we loved and lost. I am saying a little prayer for Mimi as she journeys to that much better place.

    Bless you, dear friend JM, and bless your dear sweet Mimi.


  2. Thank you, Tom. Unfortunately, with the one friend, our friendship was fading long before this. I guess in our time of need, we see who is there for us.

    This weekend has been better, though yesterday I went to look for Mimi after I put my wash in the washer. Usually, she would sleep on the chairs in the basement and after I put my laundry in the washer or dryer, I would go over and pet her. Today while my parents were napping, I wanted to look behind the chair in the den for her. Sigh.

    Hope all is well with you.


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