Thursday, June 10, 2010

Kona

 Mary Grace dressed up like Kona on Halloween, 2006.

I got Kona when she was a kitten, in 1996.  I was in college.  She was the first pet I had who was truly my own.

She died last night.  We don't know what happened.  She was fine yesterday.

It was really hard explaining it to the kids.  They asked to see her body, so we let them.  I don't know if that was the right thing to do or not.  Then Mary Grace asked if she could color a picture of her, so we found a printable online and they're in the kitchen memorializing her in crayon right now.

When she was a kitten she used to lick the back of my neck.  I'd wake up in the morning with my hair soaked.  She loved to have a little bit of the milk from our cereal, and would make a real pest of herself begging for it.  I don't think I'll ever be able to eat cereal without thinking of her.

She loved BJ's office chair and slept in it all the time.  I'm sitting in it writing this now, because my laptop is wonky and won't connect to the internet today. 

She hated the printer and would attack it whenever it came on.

She really loved BJ and always helped him with his work, hitting his keyboard with her paws, whenever she got the chance.

BJ took care of everything this morning, which was really kind. I don't know what I would do without him, because I've been a weepy mess all morning.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Amy, I remember when my cat Kiecia died. I still use kiecia as my username for personal email. I send you a big hug! Take some time for yourself today. I'm thinking of you, BJ and the kids.
Love, Becky

Anonymous said...

So sorry for your loss. The house will be a bit empty and it'll take time to adjust. I know I would be a mess if my cat would pass away. She keeps me company during the day while Terry is at work. She loves it when I'm using my laptop and will lay across my lap and put her head and paws between my hands. She's been known to change pages and even try to order ice cream while I was placing an order at Schwans.com It was really funny. Your family has my prayers to help get through the days/weeks/months ahead.

chicagogoebel said...

Hugs to the Pretty Babies household today. Pets become our children (ESP before we actually have children) and have a permanent place in our hearts. While the sudden departure may seem cruel, try to be thankful she didn't suffer and went quickly and peacefully. And yes, it seriously sucks sideways.

I'm sure you handled everything just fine with the girls. Let them steer you in how (and how much) they want to talk about Kona and remember her. I think the coloring of pictures is a wonderful tribute to a much-loved family member. Just be honest with them about what happened and how you're feeling now.

Rest in Peace, Kona. Sounds like you were a pretty good kitty.

RobMonroe said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your cat, Amy. Hope that the immortalizing picture is a good tool for the girls during this time and that you will find an outlet, too.

morganna said...

You made me cry. I still miss the cat I had growing up who died ten years ago (after a very long life). Hugs to all of you right now. I think you handled it fine with the girls, and the coloring is a great idea.