Kato - 1 year

Postby CinderDee » February 5th, 2011, 11:08 pm

I can't believe it's been a year. I miss you just as much as I did a year ago. You are always in my heart. :heartbeat:

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YOU HAVE CHOSEN TEARS

The little orange boy stopped.
Behind him, kitties nad puppies were playing, chasing each other and
wrestling in the warm sunshine.
It looked like so much fun, but in front of him, through
the clear stillness of the pond's water, he could see his mommy.
And she was crying.
He pawed at the water, trying to get at her, and when
that didn't work, he jumped into the shallow water. All that got him was wet and Mommy's image danced away in the ripples.
"Mommy!" he cried. "Is something wrong?" The little orange boy turned
around.

A lady was standing at the edge of the pond, her eyes
sad but filled with love.
The little orange boy sighed and walked out of the water.
"There's been a mistake," he said. "I'm not supposed to be here."
He looked back at the water.
It was starting to still again and his mommy's image was coming back.
"I'm just a baby. Mommy said it had to be a mistake. She said I wasn't
supposed to come here yet." The kind lady sighed and sat down on the grass.
The little orange boy climbed into her lap.
It wasn't Mommy's lap, but it was almost as good.
When she started to pet him and scratch under his chin like he liked, he
started to purr. He hadn't wanted to, but he couldn't help it.
"I'm afraid there is no mistake. You are supposed to be
here and your mommy knows it deep down in her heart," the lady said.
The little orange boy sighed and laid his head on the lady's leg.
"But she's so sad. It hurts me to see her cry. And daddy too."
"But they knew right from the beginning this would happen."
"That I was sick?"

That surprised the little orange boy.
No one had ever said anything and he had listened when
they thought he was sleeping.
All he had heard them talk about was how cute he was, or
how fast he was or how big he was getting.
"No, not that you were sick," the lady said.
"But you see, they chose tears."
"No, they didn't," the little orange boy argued. Who would choose to cry?
The lady gently brushed the top of his head with a kiss.
It made him feel safe and loved and warm - but he still worried about his mommy.

"Let me tell you a story," the lady said.
The little orange boy looked up and saw other animals gathering around.
Cats - Big Boy and Snowball and Shamus and Abby and little Cleo and Robin.
Merlin and Toby and Iggy and Zachary. Sweetie and Kamatte and OBie.
Dogs too- Sally and Baby and Morgan and Rocky and Belle.
Even a lizard named Clyde and some rats named Saffron and
Becky and a hamster named Odo.
They all lay down near the kind lady and looked up at her, waiting.
She smiled at them and began:

A long long time ago, the Loving Ones went to the Angel
in Charge. They were lonesome and asked the Angel to help them.
The Angel took them to a wall of windows and let them
look out the first window at all sorts of things - dolls and stuffed
animals and cars and toys and sporting events. "Here are things
you can love," the Angel said. "They will keep you from being lonesome."
"Oh, thank you," the Loving Ones said. "These are just what we need."
"You have chosen Pleasure," the Angel told them.

But after a time the Loving Ones came back to the Angel in Charge.
"Things are okay to love," they said. "But they don't care that we love them."
The Angel in Charge led them over to the second window. It looked out at all sorts of wild animals. "Here are animals to love," he said. "They will know you love them."
So the Loving Ones hurried out to care for the wild
animals. "You have chosen Satisfaction," the Angel said.

Some of the Loving Ones worked at zoos and wild animal
preserves, some just had bird feeders in their yards, but after a time they
all came back to the Angel in Charge.
"They know we love them," they told the Angel. "But they don't love us back. We want to be loved in return."
So the Angel took them to the third window and showed
them lots of people walking around, hurrying places.
"Here are people for you to love," the Angel told them.
So the Loving Ones hurried off to find other people to love.
"You have chosen Commitment," the Angel said.

But after a time a lot of Loving Ones came back to the
Angel in Charge.
"People were okay to love," they said. "But sometimes
they stopped loving us and left. They broke our hearts."
The Angel just shook his head. "I cannot help you," he said.
"You will have to be satisfied with the choices I gave you."

As the Loving Ones were leaving, someone saw a window
off to one side and hurried to look out.
Through it, they could see puppies and kittens and dogs
and cats and lizards and hamsters and ferrets.
The other Loving Ones hurried over. "What about these?" they asked.
But the Angel just tried to shoo them away.
"Those are Personal Empathy Trainers," he said.
"But there's a problem with their system operations."
"Would they know that we love them?" someone asked.
"Yes," the Angel said.
"Would they love us back?" another asked.
"Yes," the Angel said.
"Will they stop loving us?" someone else asked.
"No," the Angel admitted. "They will love you forever."
"Then these are what we want," the Loving Ones said.
But the Angel was very upset.

"You don't understand," he told them. "You will have to
feed these animals."
"That's all right," the Loving Ones said.
"You will have to clean up after them and take care of them forever."
"We don't care."
The Loving Ones did not listen. They went down to where
the Pets were and picked them up, seeing the love in their own hearts
reflected in the animals' eyes.

"They were not programmed right," the Angel said. "We can't offer a
warranty. We don't know how durable they are. Some of their systems
malfunction very quickly, others last a long time."
But the Loving Ones did not care.
They were holding the warm little bodies and finding
their hearts so filled
with love that they thought they would burst.
"We will take our chances," they said.
"You do not understand." The Angel tried one more time.
"They are so dependent on you that even the most well-made of them is
not designed to out live you. You are destined to suffer their loss."
The Loving Ones looked at the sweetness in their arms
and nodded.
"That is how it should be. It is a fair trade for the
love they offer."

The Angel just watched them all go, shaking his head.
"You have chosen Tears," he whispered.

"So it is," the kind lady told the kitties.
"And so each mommy and daddy knows. When they take a baby into their heart, they know that one day it will leave them and they will cry."
The little orange boy sat up. "So why do they take us in?" he asked.
"Because even a moment of your love is worth years of pain later."
"Oh."

The little orange boy got off the lady's lap and went back to the edge of the pond. His mommy was still there, and still crying.
"Will she ever stop crying?" he asked the kind lady.
She nodded. "You see, the Angel felt sorry for the
Loving Ones, knowing how much they would suffer. He couldn't take the tears away but he made them special."

She dipped her hand into the pond and let the water
trickle off her fingers.
"He made them healing tears, formed from the special water here.
Each tear holds bits of all the happy times of purring
and petting and shared love.
And the promise of love once again.

As your mommy cries, she is healing. It may take a long
while, but the tears will help her feel better. In time she will be less sad
and she will smile when she thinks of you.
And then she will open her heart again to another little baby."
"But then she will cry again one day," the little orange
boy said.

The lady just smiled at him as she got to her feet.
"No, she will love again. That is all she will think
about."
She picked up Big Boy and Snowball and gave them hugs,
then scratched
Morgan's ear just how she liked.

"Look," she said. "The butterflies have come. Shall we
go over to play?"
The other animals all ran ahead, but the little orange
boy wasn't ready to leave his mommy.
"Will I ever get to be with her again?"
The kind lady nodded.
"You'll be in the eyes of every kitty she looks at.
You'll be in the purr of
every cat she pets. And late at night, when she's fast
asleep, your spirit will snuggle up close to her and you both will feel at
peace.

One day soon, you can even send her a rainbow to tell her you're safe
and waiting here for when it's her turn to come."
"I would like that," the little orange boy said and took
one long look at his mommy.
He saw her smile slightly through her tears and he knew
she had remembered the time he almost fell into the bathtub.
"I love you, Mommy," he whispered. "It's okay if you
cry."

He glanced over at the other pets, running and playing
and laughing with the butterflies.
"Uh, Mommy? I gotta go play now, okay? But I'll be
around, I promise."
Then he turned and raced after the others.

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Postby madremissy » February 5th, 2011, 11:15 pm

:cry:

Beautiful story Dee. :hug3: We miss you Kato.
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Postby plebayo » February 6th, 2011, 12:29 am

Gah that totally made me bawl my eyes out.

I can't believe a year has passed... I saved the picture of him with his jar of peanut butter - it's my favorite. :hug3:
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Postby cheekymunkee » February 6th, 2011, 12:31 am

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Postby pocketpit » February 6th, 2011, 4:10 am

I love this picture of him. Kato, you are very missed :(
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Postby iluvk9 » February 6th, 2011, 7:00 am

What a beautiful and fitting story.

Kato, you will always be in my heart.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » February 6th, 2011, 9:53 am

Whew. That story made me cry.

Kato, you're still very missed here. I can't believe it's been a year. :(
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Postby ArtGypsy » February 6th, 2011, 11:10 am

:sad2: :shock: :(

OMG.....

Dee..........My Thoughts Are With You....
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Postby hugapitbull » February 6th, 2011, 12:02 pm

A year has passed, but in our hearts Kato will forever live. He was our hero, our reason for hope when Trouble was diagnosed. Kato has led our way, when the path gets rough, we continue to look to him for strength.

Dee, we will forever be grateful for your kindness, for your support, for your infinite wisdom. I can only hope we are able to pay it forward.

We honor Kato today, as he watches over us all. A fighter til the end. An inspiration for a lifetime.

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Postby mnp13 » February 6th, 2011, 1:11 pm

Oh I just love it when stuff like this makes me cry... not.

You and Kato were an inspiration to a lot of people.
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Postby Pit♥bull » February 6th, 2011, 1:18 pm

hugapitbull wrote:A year has passed, but in our hearts Kato will forever live. He was our hero, our reason for hope when Trouble was diagnosed. Kato has led our way, when the path gets rough, we continue to look to him for strength.
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Postby CinderDee » February 6th, 2011, 8:24 pm

Thank you all so much for keeping his memory alive. :groupHug: I appreciate all your comments and will add them to the book Missy made.

Shanna, I thought I was all cried out but I guess not. Thank you for the beautiful words. :)
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Postby call2arms » February 7th, 2011, 4:21 pm

Saw this post yesterday and just didn't know what to add to it. My eyes got all teary.

Kato. You're missed. <3
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Postby Jenn » February 7th, 2011, 4:50 pm

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Postby Emi » February 7th, 2011, 7:32 pm

What a lovely story, thanks Dee for posting that. Made me cry.

And we all miss Kato, he was a great guy...and I also love the peanut butter picture.

Love goes out to you Dee, you are special, Kato is special and always always in each of our hearts, I think you both taught us all alot.

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Postby HappyPuppy » February 17th, 2011, 8:59 pm

I can't believe it's been a year.... I was just thinking of him the the other day when gave Ruby an empy peanut butter jar to lick and I flashed on the pic of him on the couch with his jar. :groupHug:
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Postby Jazzy1 » February 20th, 2011, 9:09 pm

It doesn't get easier...just different.

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Postby Patch O' Pits » February 23rd, 2011, 7:12 pm

HUGS my friend... the love never ends and you will see him again some day!
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Postby Patch O' Pits » February 23rd, 2011, 7:14 pm

HUGS my friend... the love never ends and you will see him again some day!
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Postby CinderDee » March 8th, 2011, 4:01 am

Thank you all for the beautiful thoughts. :groupHug: He was my hero. & I miss him more than I can say.
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