Chopin c. 1994
named for Kate Chopin, writer
Last night, Jon and I made the very difficult decision to say goodbye to our cat of nearly 18 years, Chopin (aka, "shope-py", cookie puss, shopes and lately "old girl"). She was a treasured member of our family, a source of much joy and some hair-pulling-out. She was my kid's childhood pet. She was a cat who knew how to have a good time.
Chopin's been rocky for a year or so now and, I wonder if she wasn't waiting for Dan to be happily settled in college before she decided to let go. So we did. We all let go in a very humane way. I held her the whole time. All day today I see her everywhere. It's gonna be lonely here without her. We are at peace with our decision though, we did right by her to let her go.
To all the pets out there, I say thank you.
Thanks for reading this today. It feels good to write a little eulogy to the Old Girl.