Seven years ago a little kitten came into my life who is the embodiment of the saying 'love purrs'. Beezer's official, legal Gotcha! date is November 25 1999. It was the Wednseday before Thanksgiving (the last Thursday in November) in the US, so no matter the date we celebrate on the Wednseday before Thanksgiving.
During the summer the kitty who came before had gone to the Bridge after 18 and a half years. Charlotte and I were together more than half my life and I was quite heart broken. I was sure that I wanted another kitty in my life, but wasn't sure that I was ready.
The San Francisco SPCA has, for the past 20 years, has held a home for the holidays adoption program called 'Holiday Windows'. That year, I don't remember the theme, but it was in the window display of Neiman Marcus on Union Square in San Francisco. It was a half day at work so I thought I'd just go and see what there was to see.
Well .... what I saw was this ...(Sorry I don't have a better pic, this is a snapshot from a film camara shortly after he came home)
I was sitting in this strange place, although nice, with a few other kittens none were from my family. I don't remember much and there is little known about the time before I came to the SF-SPCA, but everyone was nice to me -- even the Vet who did something to my little bottom to fix it.
I could tell that the person who was standing on the street in front of the glass was a little lonely and a little sad. Still, she looked nice and I wanted to go home so I said "Hello".
He was so self possessed, just sitting there, with another kitten sleeping a few feet away. He looked up and meowed. I stood there a while thinking about if it was a good idea. I had thought about getting a kitty that was in need of a good home but might be harder to place. But, after all that goes with having an older cat and her elder cat health issues, and then her passing, a kitten that would be with me for a long time also had a lot of appeal. So after making eye contact and faces at the little guy for a while I went in and adopted him. He was the first to be adopted that year.I Grew up to be quite the handsome fellow, don't you think? I knew that I would be happy with her as my person and I was right! We like to sit and watch TV, play with the feather on a stick, the rollie balls and ribbon. She also likes to give me treats. Ok, ok I *LOVE* treats!
Every year we celebrate our special day with Tuna-tini's and a hug and lap sit. Oh, and she gives me treats! She also brushes, scratches and pets me in all the places I really like so I give her the love eyes.
Happy Gotcha! day Beezer. I love you my sweet boy. A day without you is a day without sunshine.
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