Rest in Peace Mama

November 30, 2013

in Family, Pets

mamafireLast night we lost a member of our family. Our dear cat “Mama” passed away in her sleep. She was a grand 22 years of age and lived a long and wonderful life. While she had gotten elderly over the past few months, she still lived fitfully until she decided to go.

She bit me on Thanksgiving for not giving her enough turkey (her first favorite thing to do) and she laid by the fireplace (her second favorite thing to do.) She wandered outside and enjoyed the sun, she curled up in each of our laps last night and she took time to say goodbye to each of us before she went to bed.

All in all, it wasn’t a bad way to go.

Looking back, I had her for just about half my life.

Originally she was my roommates cat. When I decided to move from San Diego to Orange County my roommate was going to get rid of her because she already had a dog and didn’t want to have two pets when she was trying to get another apartment.

So I adopted her.

And she has been with me ever since.

Through three moves, heartbreaks, the death of both my grandmother’s, finding Cheryl, three jobs, the kids adoption and the death of my parents.

And a whole bunch of other stuff that happened over the past 22 years.

She was the true matriarch of our family and ruled us all with an iron fist. Whatever Mama wanted, Mama got. Our 95lb lab was petrified of her, and frankly, so were we. She had a mean streak and wasn’t afraid to use it. A year or so ago we had new neighbors move in across the street, they had a strapping gray tom cat that would roam the neighborhood like he owned the place. Everything was okay as long as he stayed on his side, but every once in a awhile he would wander too far and there would be a cat stand-off in the middle of the street. One day I heard Mama wailing and screeching in the front yard. It sounded like they were fighting to the death. As I ran outside I was met by cat hair flying through the air.

Shit was going down.

The tom cat was 17 years her junior and doubled, probably tripled, her weight. It wasn’t a fair fight. An old lady -vs- a young stud. The odds were against her. It was an epic battle and I truly thought she was dead. But low and behold, she had him pinned to my car tire and was ripping him to shreds. I had to pull her off and she was none to happy about it and took a few swipes at me.

She had what us Finnish people call SISU.

But she also had a sweet side. She loved to lay in a lap, preferably mine or Cheryl’s, but really just anybody who would sit still long enough for her to get settled. And she loved to lay in the sun and to feel the breeze on her face. And she loved to eat whatever we were eating. It really didn’t matter what it was, she loved it all. Her favorites were French fries, glazed donuts, cherries and potato chips. And she was ornery about it. She would meow, cry, howl, scratch and bite until she got what she wanted. Every morning Cheryl would come down stairs and have breakfast, after she was done with her cereal she would give the cat her leftover milk. Pretty soon that wasn’t good enough and she would howl until she got her own bowl with her own milk.

In other words, she always got her way.

And the way she left this world was no exception.

It is sad to say goodbye to someone who has been such a mainstay in our lives for so long. This house, our home, has never been without her and our family has never known a day without her in it.

She will be missed.

Rest in Peace my little ball of fur.

1 Mary November 30, 2013 at 11:53 am

Ah, I’m sorry for your loss. Pet’s are guaranteed heart break. Worth it though. What a long and joyful life Mama had. You are both blessed by the relationship. Hugs to you guys.

2 Sandi November 30, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Thanks Mary – She was a good gal and will be missed. :(

3 Bonnie December 3, 2013 at 6:37 am

I’m so sorry for your loss, Sandi. *hugs*

4 Bill Halderson December 5, 2013 at 7:41 am

Sandi, how sad. Monica and I lost a cat, named Mama, when we moved to Alta Loma. She was 23 years old. Never met your Mama until reading your story. Now, I know her as if she had lived with us. God bless you and Mama, Bill

5 Sandi December 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Thank you Bill. Such beautiful words. We still miss her tremendously!

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