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He was a handful, but he was mine.
Four years ago, a frightened, tuckered-out, feral, orange tabby showed up in my yard. He was a feisty little guy, but with good reason. Somewhere along the way folks had let him down. The pain and mistreatment he'd suffered, I could see it in his eyes. He kept his distance, but I soon discovered that a good meal was the way to this hungry kitty's heart. Turkey with gravy and a big bowl of fresh water kept him coming back day-after-day, and soon Goldie (everyone needs a name) would stay around after lunch to take a little nap in my lounge chair. Lunch and a nap, led to dinner and a good night's sleep, take a run around the neighborhood, and then might as well see what's on the breakfast menu at Suzanne's house. But Goldie hasn't shown up for meals for quite a while and the last time I saw him something didn't feel quite right.
For days, every hour I'd walk over to the window and look out, but Goldie wasn't there, and finally the other night I came to terms with the fact that he's gone. Goldie may not have been able to show his love to me when he was here, but the other night in a dream, there he was, sitting underneath a street lamp, his eyes weren't afraid any longer, instead they were filled with love and thanks, and he was saying good-bye.
He was handful, but he was mine and I'll miss him.
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