Whether it is my very first kitten, Sunshine, who introduced 4 year old me to a lifetime love of cats, or those other sweet cats of my childhood - Whiskers, Blossom, Wild Bill Hickcock, Snowflake, Dominique and Napoleon - they all live on in my dreams and soul.
As do the cats of my 'grownup' years: Sil and Sof, Kitty and Ehos, and Lacey, who all now wait at the Bridge for Lacey's 17 year old sister Cagney to join them. And they wait for me too, and the other cats who may come into my life before I am called to cross the Bridge to be with them forever.
All have a piece of my heart.
With each of my friends' cats, the wonderful critters Chrystal has introduced to us, and each of the felines I've met through the Cat Blogosphere, I am reminded anew of the grace, companionship, serenity, laughter and joy these beautiful animals bring to our lives.
So, for all the cats I've loved before...Thank you.
Webbthistle ~ THANK YOU.
Before I close this post, I’d like to offer an update on the Walkway. Yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous day here in southern Illinois. I MADE time to do something really special. I had my husband take the two (very heavy) boxes of bricks from the second fundraiser down to the Winnie’s Wish Walkway Work-in-Progress. There was a southerly breeze and bright, warm sunshine. It was the perfect day to work on the Walk. I placed each of the new bricks in the Walkway. One by one, I re-read the words, cherished the deep sentiments in those words, and felt my heart soar for all of the Love captured in those bricks. To those of you who have a brick (or two) (or more) in the Walkway, let me say this. Every animal represented in those bricks not only held a place in your heart, but they now hold a place in mine as well. What an awesome tribute to the furry family members you have loved and continue to love. Of course, thank you for helping us by purchasing a brick. But also THANK YOU for being who you are. I never cease to be amazed at the connection I feel for each one of you who cares enough to stop by this blog, read about dogs and cats you’ll never actually know, and share in your comments, thoughts, and prayers your support for us and your love for the sweet souls who have graced your lives.
See how the Walkway has grown? There's a red brick up in the middle of the Walkway holding a spot for a pre-ordered brick. And there's room for about 40 more bricks before the Walkway is complete. Probably for my 2nd blogoversary, I'll do the third brick fundraiser.
See you tomorrow for another brick story.