Saturday, October 2, 2010

in memory of Otter...

this week was exceptionally hard for all of us. our dear, sweet cat Otter died unexpectantly. i can honestly say it was one of the worst moments of my life-- otter was hit by a car in front of our house. luckily for all of us, our neighbor was able to get to him quickly and get him out of the street, but it was a horribly sad event. to make matters worse, the girls saw him struggle and eventually die and were incredibly upset by it. no child should ever have to see their beloved pet die in such a way.
those who knew otter can attest to the fact that he was a weird and quirky little kitty-- he had his ways and insisted on making them clear! but he was also incredibly gentle and patient and never once showed the least bit of aggression toward the girls. he and isa were especially close and liked to hang out with each other every night after sylvi had gone to bed and the house was quiet. he would sit there all night and let her pet him and play with his ears and kiss him and snuggle him. the house is far too quiet without him here.
we buried him in the backyard under our fruit tree. the girls actually played a big role in saying goodbye and it was a really great experience for all of us, albeit it very sad. they helped bury him and say goodbye, with all the emotion that goes with such rituals. their innocence and resilience was definitely a blessing for everyone.

rest in peace otter, we love you and miss you.
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  1. What a beautiful picture of Otter. So sad for anyone, especially little children, to have to witness that. The good part is that Isa will have those special memories of their nights together, just the 2 of them, for a long time to come. RIP sweet kitty.

  2. Yes, I agree with Nancy, nice picture. Sorry this happened so quickly after returning home. The girls will have special memories, and hopefully it won't be of how Otter died but rather how good it was to have him as a pet. I hope you get another pet soon. :) take you time.