It has taken me quite some time to come back to this blog. I was afraid to. Afraid to read the headline, to see Evie’s name…saddened to once again see that beautiful face staring back at me as I wrote my goodbye. Not to say I don’t see her everywhere else, I do. Her photo is my desktop on my home computer, my favorite photo of her hangs over the fireplace… I see her in things that Tessi does and even more so just in my mind when I close my eyes. Her ashes rest on a shelf in a beautiful box I lay my hand on each time I walk by.
In the two months that have passed since I last posted, we finished the “catio” and added a new member to our family. It was a difficult decision. One that I’m certain some folks thought I rushed into too quickly. While I don’t feel I have to explain myself I will anyway.
We needed a diversion. Something to help Teddy and Tessi and yes, ME, with our grief. New life, happiness and the chance to give another a good home.
Four weeks after saying goodbye to Evie I took the drive north, back to Kelimcoons to pick up Evie’s great-granddaughter. We named her Thea Evangeline. Thea means “a gift” so it was a most fitting name for her.
Before even seeing her I had to have her! All it took was, “well we have one who is very, very shy and doesn’t like people.” YES, PLEASE!!!! “Oh, you don’t want her.” YES, YES I DO!
We had discussed different scenarios. One of Evie’s daughters once she stopped breeding, maybe a kitten later on… nothing felt right except this kitten who thought people were gross, that I had never seen.
Then a photo arrived….
Oh, that face! Be still, my heart. I did my best to wait patiently for a decision to be made. They wanted to give her a bit more time to come out of her shell. I was NOT worried about this. Tessi came to me very, very shy and has been the most sweet, loveable cat that has ever come into my life. She may not give her heart to many, but to those she does, she doesn’t hold back.
The next photos I received of Thea again took my breath away… What a little cutie.
On July 3rd (what was a thinking… holiday traffic and here I was heading up into the White Mountains) I threw the carrier in the car and off I went.
I held it together the whole drive up but crumbled when I walked in the door. Greeted by generations of Evie offspring was overwhelming. I hated the thought of what had brought me back as much as I adore the Bergs. I should NOT have been needing to add to my furry family. Evie should still have been with me. But, that is not what this post is suppose to be about.
Funny, how things turn out. When I fell in love with the unseen kitten, I knew who her mother was but not her father. I actually thought she was no relation to Evie; then I learned that her father was Supernatural Sam. Evie’s grandson.
Well, they weren’t kidding about shy and thinking humans are gross. Took quite some time to catch the little stinker. She was tiny and sly and could squeeze into and under objects a human arm could not reach. Once everyone went about doing other things and I planted myself on the floor and waited… out she came.
She started by thinking her Uncle Nate would protect her from the scary lady who had come to take her home, but eventually made her way across the kitchen to get a drink of water. Yes, another “water cat” like Theodore!
It took a bit of coaxing but once I had a hold of her I knew I would never let go….
So, welcome to the family Thea.
Hugs and Purrs,