Wednesday, July 7, 2010

It's a Sad Day

It's a sad day here at the Jubilant household.  Our beloved Explorer Kissy Lips (the gray tabby) died over the weekend while we were away.  Explorer was The Affectionate One's cat, but it was Whirling Dervish who took the news the hardest.

His cat, Patches May, disappeared several weeks ago and has never returned or been found.  We thought perhaps in her wanderings around the neighborhood she had found a family that let her be an inside cat.  Whirling Dervish latched onto this possibility.  He was upbeat and hopeful for about three days and then he declared that Patches had "broken his heart."


With Explorer's death, he just couldn't keep a brave face and cried quite a bit.  The kids wanted to see him since they knew I had found him nearby.  The Calm One and I debated for sometime wondering if we should comply with their request.  We finally decided that since Explorer looked like he was sleeping and their were no wounds, we'd let the kids have this final step of closure.

The Affectionate One was grossed out and refused to stand with us until The Calm One had completely buried the cat.  Whirling Dervish watched every move and cried the whole time.  It was heartbreaking.  It's a tough life lesson for an almost six year old to learn.

He wanted to pray for Explorer and of course, we let him and then I said a prayer too.   Even his prayer revealed how deep his grief went:

"Dear Jesus,
Please let Explorer come back to life.  Because I miss him.  And I want him back.  And it makes me sad."

*sniff* *sniff*

Somehow, looking for a way to count this as joy too,


  1. I could send you one of my "foster" cats to help with the comfort?
    Would that help, please?
    They missed me while I was gone, but they left a lot of cat hair for me to remember them by on my pillow.

  2. I forgot to mention when I was about their age, we also had a cat die, but we MADE dad have a funeral, I mean after all He can preach. We sang too.
    I'm sorry for their loss, give them my love.

  3. Aww - that is just a tear-jerker.


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