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Memories of Zimba
May 9, 2015- I don't have the words right now, sweet Zimba cat. I'm lost without you. I already miss having you curl up next to me to watch TV and I miss sharing my pillow with you while we sleep. I miss your sweet head boinks, the softness of your fur, your sweet meow. I never knew it was possible to love an animal so much. You are the best thing that ever happened to Mommy and I don't know how to let you go and live without you, sweet girl. I hope Nub was waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge. Now both of you need to meet Mommy when my time comes. I can't wait for the day I can hold and kiss you again. I love you, my fuzzy butt, my turkey lurkey, my boogie butt. I miss you with every fiber of my being. Please be with Mommy and help me through this. The world is so dark without you in it, sweet girl. I love you to the moon and back.

Lonestar- I'm Already There

Wish I was in your arms
Lying right there beside you
But I know that I'll be in your dreams tonight
And I'll gently kiss your 'head'
Touch you with my fingertips
So turn out the light and close your eyes

I'm already there
Don't make a sound
I'm the beat in your heart
I'm the moonlight shining down
I'm the whisper in the wind
And I'll be there til the end
Can you feel the love that we share
Oh I'm already there

We may be a thousand miles apart
But I'll be with you wherever you are

I'm already there
Take a look around
I'm the sunshine in your hair
I'm the shadow on the ground
I'm the whisper in the wind
And I'll be there til the end
Can you feel the love that we share
Oh I'm already there

June 8, 2015- I had lived here for one month when I decided I was ready to devote my time, love, and life to a kitten. One would think it'd be easy enough to find a kitten, but it took some time. I didn't connect with the ones I met. Then one evening, I entered a small rescue and immediately noticed two black kittens in a cage. One was asleep. You were the other. You were just a tiny, black, fuzzy ball of spunk with eyes. I cracked up as you did the infamous kitten crab walk every time I looked at you. You were such a little badass! Truth be told, I'd never been a fan of black cats. I don't know why exactly. But I knew instantly that you were the one. I believe in my heart that we chose each other. They were having a hard time finding sweet Nub a home, and although I only wanted one, I left with you both. You were a bit sick and I remember them explaining your medication schedule and how to give it to you. With that, the three of us were off. I stopped at the store on the way home for all the things I needed to take care of you two. Everybody settled in beautifully and I was so happy with my new little family. I remember it snowing not long after bringing you home. I put on my jacket and cuddled you inside as we walked outside to watch it snow. Your first snow! Not long after there was a horrible ice storm. Driving by that night while I was at work, I noticed the power was out. I know this isn't exactly the arctic, but I worried about you and Nub being cold. I doubt you were. You were such a destructive little girl, even going so far as to pull the carpet from the floor. You and Nub became fast friends and sisters, but even from the beginning you were the obvious alpha cat. Poor Nubbins! I quickly learned that I had to feed you first so you wouldn't steal Nub's food. Always the polite cat, she'd just wait her turn. You both made it clear (loudly!!) from the beginning that you would not be locked out of the bedroom while I slept. I didn't mind. Well, maybe only when you'd attack my feet in the middle of the night! The two of you used to play so hard while Mommy was at work that I remember laughing with the downstairs neighbor as she described the constant sounds of little feet running around above her. The two of you got into everything; my box springs, inside the refrigerator, in the sinks, under the couch. I still remember coming home one morning to find you had shut yourself inside the bathroom by kicking the door closed. The look on your face when I opened it was hilarious! Mommy made sure that never happened again, didn't I? ;). You were such a tender hearted girl. I never could resist trying to sneak in a belly rub (who could resist that soft fuzzy belly?!!), or playing with your adorable paws with the fur sticking out through your 'toes'. Completely irresistable! You'd give me some leeway, but once you'd had enough you'd try to bite me. Only you didn't have the heart to *truly* bite me. They were more like teeth nibbles. Any other cat would have drawn blood, but my sweet Zimba just couldn't bring herself to do it. That's love! <3. The years started moving on. You grew into the most beautiful cat I'd ever seen. Black cats became my favorite because of you. I tried for 11 years to hold Nub but we both know that never worked. You were my cuddle bug. You learned as a kitten to jump onto my chest when I pat it. You loved to be near me wherever I went, and I loved it too. I missed you two when I'd go to the beach, but I knew you were okay with each other. It wasn't a beach trip until I called the cats my friends would say. You had some of the strangest habits, Zimba. I'll never understand your fascination with Gold Bond lotion and how you'd try to lick it off of Mommy's legs. You started stealing my pillow while I slept, but were sweet enough to give me 25% of it. I loved it though, because that meant that you wanted to be close to me. I soon found it hard to sleep without a fat, fuzzy cat on my head. You learned how to play peek-a-boo and it became our ritual when I'd come home from work. So many memories that are impossible to write. So many antics, playing, laughing, and cuddling filled the years. We had the best little family, the three of us. I remember it hitting me at some point that my girls were 8 years old. Seniors in cat speak. Where did the years go? Watching you and Nub slowly age was hard. Suddenly, you were both 11 years old. You still had every bit the playful spirit, but you no longer looked like a young girl. Nub never seemed to change through the years. The day she left was one of the most heart breaking days of my life. I didn't have time to prepare myself for it, and for some reason, I always thought you'd be the one to leave me first. Once Nub passed, my connection with you became even stronger, if that's possible. You made it bearable to come home. I hated being away from you for even a day. All I wanted was for you to curl up beside me. The feel of your soft fur was so soothing, as was the sound of your purr and meow. I remember lying with you many nights, my mind drifting to the ever increasing inevitable day where I would lose you too. I used to look at you when you weren't watching and just soak in the sight of you. There were nights I'd cry and beg you to stay with Mommy for just a few more years. I never thought you immortal, I just prayed for more time. Healthy and happy years. My heart told me you wouldn't be with me much longer, though. Suddenly you didn't seem as interested in food anymore. I always knew that with your love of food, that would be a horrible sign. I tried everything to get you to eat more. I couldn't bear to take you to the vet because I knew what they would say and I wasn't ready to hear it. You still seemed like such a happy girl and I knew you'd tell me when it was time. And you did. The only regret I have is not laying you on my chest and making sure mine was the last face you saw as you left this world. I hope you know I was holding you and I hope you could hear the 'I love you's' through my tears. I know that you're at peace now, sweet girl. There is no more pain for you. You and Nubbins are together again and that makes me happy. But I miss you so much. Coming home is so hard baby. My life as I have known it for the past 12 years is forever changed. I'm so glad that I didn't adopt another kitten after Nub passed as everyone suggested. This past year was devoted to you, and you alone. That's how we both wanted it and I wouldn't trade a second with you for anything. You are the most incredible, beautiful, funny, sweetest cat God has ever made, and it was a privilege to be your Mommy. Thank you for sharing your life with me. It was a wonderful journey. You will be forever loved and missed, Zimba. I love you, my fuzzy butt, my pumpkin pie, my turkey lurkey. To the moon and back. *butt pats*

'How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard'.


June 28, 2015

Faith Hill- You're Still Here

'Thought I saw you today
You were standing in the sun then you turned away
And I knew it couldn't be
But my heart believed
Oh, it seems like there's something everyday
How could you be so far away?

When you're still here
When I need you, you're not hard to find
You're still here
I can see you in my baby's eyes
And I laugh and cry
You're still here

I had a dream last night
That you came to me on silver wings
And I flew away with you on a painted sky
And I woke up wondering what was real
Is it what you see and touch
Or what you feel?

'Cause you're still here
Oh, you're everywhere we've ever been
You're still here
I heard you in a stranger's laugh
And I hung around to hear him laugh again
Just once again

Thought I saw you today
You were standing in the sun then you turned away'

You're never far from my thoughts, but you've been weighing on my heart and mind today. I just miss you, baby. So very much. I love you, sweet Zimba.


September 8, 2015- Four months ago I said goodbye to you. Four months ago I held you in my arms for the last time and wept as you left me. Four months ago my life forever changed. Not a day has passed where I haven't thought of you and missed you. Thank you and Nub for the double rainbows over the ocean. It reminded me that after the storm has passed there is beauty beyond. I love and miss you so very much sweet girl. To the moon and back. ~Mommy

September 10, 2015- Happy 13th Birthday, sweetheart. I wish I could hold you and give you birthday kisses. I hope you have a beautiful birthday with sweet Nub at the Rainbow Bridge. At least you're escaping being adorned with those pink beads that confused you so much last year. I know you hated them but Mommy got such a chuckle from your reaction! I'll forever cherish that memory and the pictures. I love you, fuzzy butt. To the moon and back. <3. ~ Mommy

November 8, 2015- Six long months have passed since we said goodbye. 6 months since I last held you, looked into your beautiful eyes, heard your meow, and rubbed your sweet soft fur. I miss you so much and my heart still aches to it's core. There are no words that can describe how much my life has changed without you in it. Moving on is so hard and my grief is still so deep. I know you're still with me in spirit, but I wish you were still here in body. Everyone keeps telling me to move on and love again, that that will help my grief and lonliness. I've looked at the faces of kittens that need homes, just like you and Nub once did, but all I feel is guilt. I feel like I'm betraying you and Nub by even thinking of bringing two kittens into 'our' home. I'm so lonely baby. If I could have you and Nub back I'd do it in a heartbeat, but that's impossible. Please help Mommy make the right decision. Please send me a sign that it's okay to open up my heart again. I love and miss you so much, sweet Zimba cat. Every day. You were my heart, my baby, my best friend. Always and forever, to the moon and back. I love you, fuzzy butt. <3. ~Mommy

January 12, 2016- Happy belated New Year, sweetheart. It's hard to believe that in just 4 short months it will be one year since you've been gone. I think about you and miss you every single day. I guess by now you know that you have two new baby sisters. Their names are Zoah and Katmai and they're just precious! Zoah looks like you, a fuzzy black kitten. That was one of the reasons I had to fight with my inner demons for quite a while about having them, but oh how I have come to love them. I know Zoah isn't you, but when I brought her home I wanted to hold her so bad to feel 'you' again. Even though I knew that wasn't right, she just looked like a baby Zimba. I felt so guilty wanting to even try to love again, but I know that you and Nub would want Mommy to be happy again. Oh sweet girl, they make Mommy so happy and able to laugh again. This is how I honor you two, by giving your warm home and my love to two kittens that needed it. Just like you and Nub did so many years ago. I could never replace either of you and my love for them doesn't diminish my love for you. You're always in my heart. Thank you for sending Mommy these two precious new girls. You and Nub knew how badly I needed them and how much they needed me.Please watch over your new sisters. I love and miss you to the moon and back. <3. ~Mommy

September 10, 2016 ~ Hey sweet girl. I'm sorry I haven't visited your page in a few months, but you already know you're still on my mind everyday. I just wanted to wish you a happy 14th birthday. I wish I could spend it with you and give you lots of kisses and butt pats. I love and miss you so very much, sweet Zimba. To the moon and back. Hugs and kisses to you and Nub. <3 forever. ~ Mommy

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