Slim Randles' Home Country
Farewell Desdemona. Rest in peace.
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[August 18, 2017]
died sometime in the night. Aunt Ada had had the cat since she was a
tiny kitten, and she was naturally heartbroken. So was Boots,
Desdemona’s partner in crime and play and food and everything else
that makes life worthwhile for two old cats.
Through her tears, Aunt Ada wondered if she could’ve noticed
something or had done something differently that would have given
Desdemona back to her for a while longer, but there just wasn’t
anything. The cat had looked good at bedtime, and was gone before
the sun came up.
What if? Well, what if she’d done this or that? Would it have saved
the cat? No, of course not.
Even if your heart is breaking, you have to look at things
logically. Cats get old and cats die. So do people. Aunt Ada
Sandiford is old. Very old to some ways of thinking. But she still
putters around the house and does her own shopping and cooking. She
makes it to church every Sunday, too. Years ago she sang in the
choir, but she stopped doing that when she discovered her voice had
So she called a good friend and asked her if she would look after
Boots if she died before he did.
There, that was something I could do. And she went quietly out in
the back yard with the shovel and said goodbye to her old friend
Sometimes there’s nothing left to say except I love you.
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