It was different, as we usually get together on Mother's Day, but this year it just didn't work out.
I read someone's post on FB, about not being appreciated on this holiday, and someone else's comment about how the day was fraught with expectations, her exact words were "an exercise in unmet expectations". Another comment said there was too much pressure to have a "nice day".
At any rate, I had made a plan in my head, that I was going get some things done, and have a nice, uneventful, productive day, and that I wasn't going to get sucked into that vortex of feeling bad because the day wasn't Hallmark card perfection.
It was OK.
So the very first thing I did, was the thing that had been on my mind for a couple of weeks. I cleaned the outside porch.
I sent my daughter a photo, with the explanation that it was as good as I could do, given that Bubbalee's heated bed is under that table, and her "chair" is an ugly, green recliner that she spends 16 hours a day in. And God knows, I didn't want to upset Bubbalee's routine, little diva that she was.
More than ten years ago, Bubbalee appeared at my house. Wild and untouchable.
She lived between my house, and the neighbors, until a few years ago, when she chose to permanently stay at mine.
See her on the roof ??
She had very distinctive white socks.
Here is she when she was very pregnant for her last kittens.
In the solar house.
In the last couple of years, she has stayed very close to home.......she never wandered far from the house, the labyrinth, the chicken coop, the barn.
She met you when you got out of the car, she followed anyone who was outside.
And after years of being fearful of any human contact, she finally decided that she loved attention.
And she got it, from everyone she saw.
She loved to be petted, but never contained. When I tried to put her in the cat carrier to go to the vet, I ended up in Urgent Care with an infected hand.
But I forgave her. She just lived life on her own terms.
I have no doubt that she was happy here.
She ended up being very loved, and loving us right back.
And she was very vocal.
Dale loved her, called her Bubbalicious.
Cooper followed her around.
Ava wanted to take her home.
I don't know what to say.
Bubbalee. We will miss her so much. She was part of our days, a constant presence.
I woke up this morning, and my first thought was, oh my God, Bubbalee's not out there. When I went out to feed Goldie, it felt so strange.
I am pondering how quickly life can change. In an instant. We don't, and can't, know the future, on any given day.
Which is why, once again, I have to remember to "stay in the day", to make it a good day, one that resonates with me. One that registers on the good, the plus, the positive, as much as possible.
It is truly all we have.
I guess now I'll go move the ugly green chair.