memento mori

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© Anne Mcginn
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This photo is a tribute to my cat Cha Cha who died recently. In the not too distant past people took photographs of departed family members all dressed up as a way to preserve the image and memory of them as they appeared in life...

When I took this picture I imagined Cha Cha's spirit rising above his body. As he looked back down, he blessed his time here with me in the form of a black and white cat. And I blessed him back for being my little heart beat for 17 1/2 years.

Sometimes its almost impossible to say goodbye to one you have loved. So you just grieve and remember and bless.

15 responses

  • jason larkin

    jason larkin said (1 Jan 2008):

    beautiful kitty......sad photo

  • Anne Mcginn

    Anne Mcginn said (2 Jan 2008):

    thanks, jason, so much.

  • Carl W. Nunn

    Carl W. Nunn gave props (24 Jan 2008):

    good shot

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (2 Feb 2008):

    Your tribute, image and words, is truly moving. You are doing right by Cha Cha.

  • Gary Fudge

    Gary Fudge (Deleted) gave props (17 Mar 2008):

    Animals are so dear to us and I grieve for all my pets. Ruraidh one of my dogs who died recently aged just nine, I still look for him every time I come down in the morning. Excellent tribute.

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (15 Jun 2008):

    This has made me weep...and weep. Thank you. I mean it.

  • Claudia Martin

    Claudia Martin gave props (24 Jun 2008):

    this is lovely and sweet

  • Claudia Martin

    Claudia Martin gave props (24 Jun 2008):

    she also looks quite a bit like my bw recently departed cat einstein, all love for them both in cat heaven

  • Ikhlef A.

    Ikhlef A. said (11 Jul 2008):

    The photo is sad but Cha Cha is not. He is smiling in Heavens. You loved him and that's enough for a cat to make him dream.
    Great humane shot. We share.

  • Marie (Rhe) Harris

    Marie (Rhe) Harris said (12 Jul 2008):

    What a lovely way to express your love for one that loved you without any great expectations. Animals just love.

  • L Hartley

    L Hartley said (26 Jul 2008):

    Sweet Anne, Jake just showed me this for it is so similar to something we did. In Texas, where we just sold our ranch, we had sheep. Our youngest ewe, Berlina, birthed a lamb, quite unexpectedly. Being Winter, she had not yet been sheared, and since Rambolais are very wooly, we did not know she was pregnant. I walked out to our barn one morning to check on the lambs, and muck the stalls, and heard this faint "maaaaaaaaa" sound. Many people do not know, but the sound a sheep makes is more a "Maaa" than a "Baaa." There, in the corner, lay a tiny, beautiful male lamb. Berlina stood, looking helplessly at ME! Try as I might, I could neither get him to stand, nor get him to nurse. She was so young, she kept walking away.
    I finally had to express her milk by hand (milk her) and bottle it, and had to feed "Diminutive Dan," as we affectionately called him, because we are just extremely goofy people (as you know!). Well, he tottered on the brink for four days, me, feeding him every three hours. It was so cold that Winter, I actually moved him to our bathroom near our bed, as though he were a newborn, which he, indeed, was. He was so sweet and tiny, and he looked up at me with those funny, golden, horizontal irises sheep have. How I loved him. I asked God to breath life into him. A few weeks earlier, I had hand delivered Dan's cousin, whom I thought would die, performing a "slinging," where you sling the lamb, head downward, to remove excess liquid from lungs, and HE made it to become a fine, strong Ram! But the fourth day, Diminutive Dan died.
    We took a similar photo that I shall post one day, when I can bear to see it again.
    Long live the kind hearted Irish woman who loved her cat so, she shared with US, this, the final homage.

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (28 Jul 2008):

    sorry for your loss.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (27 Apr 2009):

    Cha Cha ..You are beyond the Rainbow Bridge and you are just fine. Why is it we miss you so? Its because you and all of our pets are truely family members. RIP Cha Cha . You will be remembered..Your Mama has made you a excellent page. Remember to thank her when you meet in time.

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi   gave props (23 Jan 2012):

    Not forgotten...............

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