Saturday, May 24, 2008

Hugs Weekend

Here I am, taking a nap with my brother, Brainball, who is Alpha Cat of my household. I've been feeling a little off-kilter the last couple of days. Mom thinks my teeth are bothering me, so a week from Monday, I'm off to the vet to have my teeth professionally cleaned. In the meantime, Mom is keeping a close eye on me, and if other issues arise, I will go to the vet sooner.



It's Memorial Day weekend, and this past Thursday marked the sudden passing of the much-loved Bonnie Underfoot. My heart goes out to Victor and to Bonnie's family. And my thoughts and purrs are with them during this difficult, grievous time.




Thank you, Zoolatry, for the beautiful graphic.

In honor of precious Bonnie, it's Hugs Weekend on the Cat Blogosphere. I want to express my thanks to you, my dear friends and family. My life is immeasurably enriched by your love and friendship. To all of you, I send my warmest hugs and purrs, and my love always.





From Khalil Gibran -- Joy And Sorrow Chapter VIII

Then a woman said, "Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow."

And he answered:

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.

And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.

And how else can it be?

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

Is not the cup that hold your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?

And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Some of you say, "Joy is greater than sorrow," and others say, "Nay, sorrow is the greater."

But I say unto you, they are inseparable.

Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.

Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.

When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.

19 comments:

Camie's Kitties said...

That was a very sweet tribute. We hope it is just your teeth bothering you and not anything else. Purrs and ((((Hugs)))) to you Marilyn.

Tiki, Tavi, Cody and Camie

Ariel said...

Marilyn,

That's a lovely tribute.I hope you feel better soon(Hugs)...Your future
sister in-law Ariel

Ana said...

((((Hugs)))) to you and your family, sweet Marilyn. Hope you get well soon!

jh an Mickey Mantle said...

Marilyn,
You have the biggest heart. I'm so honored to be your special friend.
I hope you're feeling ok today.
I'm sending you ((((Hugs)))) ... and lots of them!
Love--Your Mick

Gandalf & Grayson said...

How very sweet, Marilyn.

(((( HUGS )))) from the 2 G's and Mom.

Anita said...

It is very sad news, I did not know it... :´-(...

That's a sweet tribute...

I´m so sorry...

Dragonheart & Merlin said...

*Hugs* for you Marilyn. Lovely tribute.

Gattina said...

Poor thing if your teeth have to be cleaned !
It is so sad that Bonnie died but at least she didn't suffer.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Marilyn, I hope you are feeling better and that the vet is just a quick checkup!

Irishcoda said...

((((((HUGS)))))
from all of us to all of you

Evergreen loves Kilroy said...

Hope you feel better soon, Marilyn. Many (((((HUGS)))) to you!

Karen Jo said...

I hope it is just that your teeth need cleaning and are bothering you a bit, Marilyn. That is a lovely tribute to Bonnie Underfoot. I love the quotation and think that it is very true. Lots of warm {{{hugs}}} to you and the rest of the Ballicai and your beans, too.

MISS PEACH >(^.^) said...

Oh my beloved beautiful sister! How kind of you to visit my special friend Lorianna and her little Miss Billie. You are the best sister in the whole world. I am ever so sorry that you are a bit out of sorts right now. Pray that the teeth cleaning goes well and you do not have any other issues now or ever!
I was overjoyed that the Ballicai came to see me yesterday on my Blogoversary! It was wonderful fun to snooze into Brainballs floof. Dorydoo is growing up to be a fine young lady and Mao is ever the charming jokster. My day was complete after your visit:)
Do enjoy your holiday weekend to the fullest relaxing and surrounded by love near and far.
Always your adoring sister Miss Peachy

Christine and FAZ said...

It's better to get the vet to do it, the human tried to clean my teeth once with a toothbrush the vet gave her - she still has the scars to prove it. FAZ

Parker said...

I hope that you feel better soon!
That was a very lovely tribute for Bonnie.
Please accept this hug!
(((((HUG!!!)))))

JB's Big World said...

I have hurting teeth too. You better go get them cleaned. My mom says I have to go too, but she is always afraid to take me because I have to be sedated.
Very nice tribute for Bonnie.
--JB

brandi said...

Purrs and lots of
((((((((HUGS)))))))

lordjaders said...

Hello Miss Monrrreow,

It is wonderrrful to see yourrr lovely furr on the blogospherrre again. I have moved and will be blogging morrre soon. So sorrry about Miss Bonnie. My purrrayerrrs go out to herrr family and dearrrest furrrends.

Jade

P.S. I think Benjamin Fuzz has moved on. I guess I might as well do so too. How is Jeeterrr? Does he still like to climb trrrees?

Ramses said...

I hope your teeth are feeling better soon and it's nothing more serious than that... It's been such a shocking time looking Bonnie like that, we don't need any more cats getting all sick...

{{{hugs}}}
Ramses