Loved and missed so much by
This little girl found me one day while I was waiting for a drive to work. I could tell right away that she wasn’t used to being outdoors as she was clearly in a frantic state. I managed to coax her to me whereupon she climbed into my arms and held on for dear life. I was utterly smitten! But I had to get to work. Eight hours later when I got home, there she was – still waiting for me! I let her in and after trying to find her rightful owner over the next several days, no one came forward to claim her. By this time, she had made it quite clear that she was already “home” and that I was her “chosen one.” She was the most engaged and curious kitty I’d ever known: the most quotidian and mundane tasks – doing dishes, running baths, dusting, doing yoga – charmed and interested her to no end. I called her my “little white shadow,” as she followed me everywhere, but I named her Ziggy Stardust – she was completely white except for a little blackish-gray smudge on the top of her head that looked like a sprinkle of dust. Over the 18 years that I had her, that little smudge faded and slowly all but disappeared. The last 3 years of her life were rough ones: she was plagued with one medical issue after another, it seemed. Despite this, throughout the year, she was excited that I was working at home and made sure that she was always part of my workday, as in this photo where she is “supervising” my work. Earlier this month, when she developed an upper respiratory illness that caused her to weaken day by day, we both seemed to know that the time had come for us to part company. She was laid to rest on June 10, 2021. I miss her beyond description and will always treasure our shared life together. RIP Ziggy Stardust, aged 18 years old.