Last week, we said goodbye to our 17-year-old kitty, Marilyn. She was also known as “Mairilyn-tail-in-the-air-ilyn.” She was a perfect little lady.
While searching albums and drawers for photos of her I realized that during the course of her life a ton of stuff happened around this place. We got engaged. We re-did the living room. (My husband gutted it and rebuilt it from the floor joists on up.) We painted the house. We got married. We added a porch. We re-did the bathroom. (Another gut job.) We replaced the roof. We re-did the kitchen. (Gut job number three) New windows were next. Then, we painted the house again. Finally we re-sided the garage. We planted vegetables, grapevines, apples, peaches and blueberry bushes. We removed overgrown lilacs and forsythia. We got a tractor. We are still in disbelief that we were ever so foolish as to think a riding lawn mower could “cut it” around here. We experienced an ice storm, and a derecho, and we are fine if we never do again. Throughout it all we were encouraged and supported by a wonderful family. (I guess that’s what I meant by “We”– our human family, and of course our animal companions. )
I browsed nine lifetimes of memories in search of that one photo. We miss you, old friend.