May 17, 2023

May 17th ~ Happy Birthday Brutus and Shadow ~

Cats are intended to teach us that 
not everything in nature has a function...

It didn't kill me, but something inside of me died that day.

Today was the day Arvid and I choose to put as Brutus'
 and Shadows birthday.  Arvid said it was a special day because
 it is also on the 17th of May, Norway celebrates the signing of the
 constitution in 1814. In Norway, Constitution Day is huge. While
 many countries celebrate their national day with a military parade, 
Norway's 17th of May is a party for everyone, especially children.

Brutus would be 17 years old had he been alive.  When he
 died  he was only 9.  I loved him and still love and miss 
him so very much.  My Brutus took a part of me when he died.  
Everyone one says you should be grateful for the time you had
 together.  I forever will be, but we wanted so much more.

Shadow came into our lives just a few days after Brutus died.
  Our home was so quiet.  The silence was unbearable for me.  The
 silence haunted me.  I wanted another furbaby.  In came Shadow.
  He was so little, but feisty.  All energy.  He kept us on our toes.

Shadow was not long with us.  Had he been alive today this
 little dude would have been 8 years old.  To this day it 
torments Arvid and I the manner of his death.

We have been fortunate to have had these fur babies in our lives. 
 Brutus taught Arvid patience and showed him how to love in 
ways I did not think possible.  Shadow showed Arvid that little
 kitties are full of independence and life, and that they
 only do what they want when they want. 

 That is a lesson Arvid continues to "learn" everyday 
with Sniff as well.  No matter how much you "train" them,
 at the end of the day they will do what they want.  Like puking
 all over the rug 😂and most of the times in the same place.

Our lives have been enriched with all of our furbabies. 
 They bring us so much joy, and at the same time when they are
 no longer with us they leave a heartache that is like no other.

To all a good day.  Somedays I remember, but I also never forget
 that nothing can ever take away a love the heart holds dear.

There is no foot too small, that it cannot leave an imprint on this 
world.  The loss is immeasurable, but so is the love left behind...