Wednesday, October 10, 2007

We've had enough

We will be happy when 2007 is over.

I know that every year has its ups and downs. Were it not for the hard times, we wouldn't appreciate the good times. I get that - mostly. Still, we are tired of the hard stuff this year.

Yesterday we lost our sweet, crazy, wonderful 14-year-old tabby that Wife had since about 6 months before we got together. For those counting, that makes 2 cats and 2 parents who have died in the past 11 months. Our poor son - he keep losing the cats he is closest to, and he gets close to them because they are old and slow down long enough for him to pet. Intellectually he seems to understand the concept of death - as much as you'd expect from a 5-year old, or even a 15-year old, really. Emotionally, he seems OK, but we worry at what point does he stop bonding with things for fear of losing them? Hopefully, never. Still, it is one of those things a parent worries about.

All of our pets are getting up there in years. The next couple of years are likely to bring more loss as we have to say goodbye to those loved ones, too. Son is already begging for a new cat (we currently have 3 cats and 2 dogs), and we've explained that we need to love the ones we have and that when the time is right, a new kitty will be led into our lives. It always happens that way for us. Still, a part of me wants to be able to get him a young cat that is likely to be around for a long, long time, but even then, there are no guarantees.

So, while overall there is much that is positive in our lives, for now, we are sad and are making a general announcement: ENOUGH - PLEASE?


Lynilu said...

It is harder, perhaps, to watch the responses of our children and worry about them, than it is to deal with our own grief. But children are much more resilient than we give them credit for. Remember that he has you and Casey for his continuing stability. That's a truck load of good.

patti_cake said...

I wanted to come and say i'm so sorry about the loss of Taz. It hurts so much to lose a beloved pet and I know it was especially hard being you were the one at the vet's office. Poor little Kelton. I hope he doesn't give up on bonding either but I doubt he will. He seems like such a loving little boy. Hugs to you all.

Caroline said...

I know your family has been through so much this year. I am so sorry for all your loss.

It's good to know that I am not the only person that will be thrilled when 2008 gets here.