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Friday, 7 January 2011

A Story

About 18 months ago, our youngest daughter came home from school and announced that one of her friends' cats was going to have kittens. "Terrific" I thought, "I'm very happy for it". Not being much of a cat person myself, I gave it barely anymore thought until one day she came home and asked if she could have one. Around about this point I was acutely aware of everyones eyes being on me. "Sure, why not?" says I - three little words that produced a moment that a parent will always remember, a look of pure joy on your kid's face. Brilliant.
A few weeks pass, and it turns out that the kitty is to be her Christmas present from her mate. Great, we're all prepared for the new arrival, then she drops the bombshell......."Can I have two?" "Two?" It turns out that no-one wants the last remaining kitten of the litter, a frankly gorgeous little grey cat.
Of course we relent, and are treated to another moment like the one I mentioned above. So, a week or so before Christmas we recieve two kittens, a black one named Patton -after the lead singer of Faith No More- and the grey one, named Dixie -after Everton legend Dixie Dean. I'm guessing you must be wondering what the point of this story is by now, and sadly I'm going to have to tell you.
A couple of days ago it seems Dixie was hit by a car and dragged along by it. He died in our house last night at about half past midnight. My wife and daughter are distraught, and frankly, despite my best efforts to hide it, so am I. You wouldn't believe how long it's taken me to type this.

So long little guy, I'll miss you. We all will.

13 comments:

Just Me said...

I'm sorry to hear about the kitten Fizzee. I had a dog when i was a child. i cried a lot too when the inevitable happened.I like to think that your kitten is free from pain now, so cheer up you, and your family!

fizzee rascal said...

Thanks for the thought, but it might be a while before we cheer up

Tom Millson said...

That's so sad :( I'm sorry that happened Fizzee...

Wissy said...

So sorry Fizzee. The same happened to me 18 months ago. See my blog

http://wissyweb.blogspot.com/2009/09/goodbye-kenzo.html

Time heals but the little guys will always leave a lasting impression on you.

fizzee rascal said...

Thanks Tom.

fizzee rascal said...

And thanks Wissy

Amber said...

Fizzee, I can only imagine what you are going through. Being "a cat person" myself, it hurts my heart whenever I hear of something like this that happens to a ditter (what I affectionately call kitties); but as a human, I hurt for you and your family.

No amount of words I say here will make you feel better, but I want you to know I am thinking of you and hurting with you.

Much love,

Amber

fizzee rascal said...

Thanks for your kind words, we all appreciate them

just a brown-eyed girl said...

Jeez, that sucks. I guess it wasn't as peaceful as I hoped, but at least you all got to hold it and say goodbye.

Fricken vehicles, I hate that. I've lost at least a couple cats to that, though none as an adult.

What's that like, as a parent, to handle that for your kids?

fizzee rascal said...

My kids are teenagers, so not as bad as if they were little, but it wasn't fun.

Meeeeeeee =] said...

Thank you Daddy
xoxo

French Bean & Coffee Bean said...

:-(

I don't like the ending of this story...

I'm so sorry for your family's loss, Fizzee.

-Barb

fizzee rascal said...

I didn't like it either. Thanks for the thoughts though Barb.

Gabi, you're welcome.