Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Special Companion for Mom

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace."--Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Pets hold a special place in our heart, don't they? My sister and I have had many pets throughout our lives. My sister had a cat named Butterfinger and I had a cat named Rocky (named after Rocky Balboa. Our Dad came up with that name!) Butterfinger and Rocky were wonderful pets. My sister currently has two cats: Oreo and Tigger. Also after Mom and Dad got divorced, we decided that it would be a great idea to get Mom a special companion. Her special companion was a beautiful white fluffy cat named Marshmallow.

Marshmallow became such an important pet in our lives. She kept Mom company when Mom was alone. And when my sister and I came to visit Mom, Marshmallow was ready to play. She loved playing with Christmas wrapping paper and ornaments on the Christmas tree. I'm pretty sure she knocked Mom's baby Christmas tree over a few times. Marshmallow also loved running circles in Mom's house too. Marshmallow lived with Mom until Mom moved into the nursing home. Then she moved in with my sister until my sister started college, then Marshmallow moved in with our aunt and uncle.

Me, my sister, and Marshmallow
(I am the one in the orange)
This evening (Monday night) my sister and I got a text from our Aunt letting us know that when Uncle B came home from lunch, he found that Marshmallow had passed away in her sleep. :(    Marshmallow has lived a good life. My sister and I figure she was somewhere from 15-20 years old meaning she lived way beyond what cats are expected to live. I am not looking forward to telling Mom the news about her special companion, so prayers for that conversation would be much appreciated.

Marshmallow posing for the camera
(One of my sister and my fave pics of Marshy)

Rest in peace, dear Marshmallow! We love you!


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6 comments:

  1. Pets are so special! Praying that the conversation with your mom goes well and praying for comfort for her. Losing a pet is very hard.

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  2. I'm so sad for your loss! Pets are so special. I'm so happy you were able to share so many years with her :)

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  3. I hear your heart, Tara! We've lost two family pets in recent years. Our youngest son found the latest one morning when he went outside to do chores. They are part of the family. Prayers as you break the news to your Mom.

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  4. I'm so sorry for your loss. I just said a prayer for your mother.

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  5. Aw, I'm sorry about Marshmallow. Pets are special friends. After my late husband died, somehow my animals knew and they stayed even closer than they had before.

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  6. Pets are so incredibly special! I'm glad that your mom enjoyed all those years with Marshmallow and I will definitely be praying for her as you break this news to her (and for God to give you the right words to say). I'm so sorry for the loss of this sweet furry friend! St. Francis, pray for Tara, her mom, and all who loved Marshmallow!

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