The passing of a loved one is never an easy thing to go through. As much as we think we can prepare for it, it is not easy.
Our beloved Lion passed away this morning in our home as peacefully and as gently as he lived his life. Having had everything his way and on his own terms these past eighteen years, our baby decided that it was time to go. As much as I wanted to bottle up his love, soul and affection, and keep it forever, I knew that I too had to let go and make my peace. It's difficult to put into words how upsetting this is for us.
Isn't it always the case that we feel as if we are going to have our babies forever? That the affection and unconditional love they give us each and every day, will be there for us day in and day out? I can't believe that the little kitten we adopted back when we moved into our first home is no longer with us.
Two days before he passed away, Lion took a small stroll outside and sat on the driveway for a couple of minutes. It seemed as if he were taking a final look at his territory, the beautiful kingdom we were able to provide for him. I know deep down that he was happy with the good, long life that was his.
Our house is empty now of the sounds of his little feet walking on the hardwood floors, or of them going up the old pumpkin pine staircase for bedtime. No longer will I have Lion's furry little face and whiskers waking me up in the morning to tell me that he's hungry. The companion that sat on my husband's lap during tea and purred for minutes on end, is but a sweet memory that will endure in our hearts forever.
The comfort that we take at this moment, however, is with the fact that we gave Lion one of the best lives anyone could have had.
Our home that always provided him with love, nourishment and boundless devotion, was his for the taking. I am honored that Lion gave us so much unconditional love.
|Lion: 10/1/1999 - 8/11/2017|
Lion was our king.
He will be greatly missed.