Remembering Kelly today as the forget-me-nots are just beginning to bloom, while two years ago she and I explored the back yard.
Kelly has been stepping out into the back yard with me now and then, even asking at the door to go out. She’s never shown any interest in the 15 years she’s been with me until this spring, and I can’t help but think she associates the outdoors, and the spring forget-me-nots, with Cookie, as I do. Kelly is now the lone senior cat, and she’s very lonely without an older kitty to cuddle with and protect her; she’s a little intimidated by the gregarious black cats. Observing what she does, I think she’s looking for and communing with Cookie, again, as I do.
This is a kind of an odd angle—I had my zoom lens as I’d been photographing details of forget-me-nots and buttercups together and the cranesbill geraniums and columbines with raindrops from last night’s storms. Kelly’s a little foreshortened, but it’s a good view of her face and those brilliant green eyes; even without the reflection of lush vegetation, Kelly’s eyes are like gems, though the reflected greenness is giving them an extra touch here. It’s hard to believe she is 19 this year because she is still active, lithe and graceful, and because she was the youngest for 11 years I still think of her as the little one.
And don’t forget—Kelly was an adult cat, very frightened and on the euthanasia list when she was adopted from a shelter. During this time of kittens, consider adopting an adult cat and you will still have a lifetime of love!
Read Kelly’s story in five parts: A Little Bit About Kelly. Below is a cropped version of just her face.
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