Thursday, 10 January 2013

Thankful Thursday

Now it is a couple of weeks since our beloved Tuomo went to the Bridge, and perheeni is rejiggling its hierarchy to accommodate this loss.  We have of course been very sad, but Äiti's overwhelming feeling is gratitude  for Tuomo's life with us. She's been looking through pictures of him as she will commission a portrait of him from our official painter, Denise Laurent as she feels this is a fitting memorial to our cranky old senior kitty.  Here we have a photo of Tuomo having a go at 'snorgling' my royal self - Äiti had forgotten how playful he was when I was a young mancat! It wasn't just the ninjas he squashed. Äiti feels her best memories of our antisocial grouchbag are his attempts at play!
When Tuomo died many kind people left comments on the blog, including from folk who dropped by from other sites that Äiti had not posted on. And the comments showed how sad people were, even if they had never known old Grumpy Guts and his particular ways. It made Äiti sad that strangers who were not our loyal readers were sad. We just wanted to celebrate his life, and there is no reason for there to be collective sadness. There is so much loss that hurts us all and we do not need to add to that for anyone, particularly to those who do not know the machinations of perheeni.  We do this blog because it is fun to post photos and tell stories of my brave deeds - indeed perhaps it is essential that the world knows of my humble self and the importance of Finland (North) in the cat blog world.  And it is fun to read of others' lives and views and experiences.
So Äiti asks friends and strangers alike, celebrate life. Give appropriate affection to your kitties - and other animals - to show this love.  If that's a full tummy tart tickle - go for it, or it might just be a distance blink for shy kitties. But right now this means we are getting loads of what we like, and that's why we are thankful!


Sparkle said...

Sometimes blog readers visit blogs all the time without leaving comments, but occasionally they will make their presence known when something big happens. My regular commenters are only a small percentage of my blog's readers. But you are right about celebrating life - humans do not do that enough. We kitties already know that lesson! ;-)

Seville at Nerissa's Life said...

I'm gonna do just as you asked and go cuddle with the peep right now. purrs

Gigi said...

Well, I am glad you allowed the slow respectful blink as an alternative to a full tummy tickle as it would not be wise for my Human to attempt that.

I love the picture of you and Tuomo. I think he might have been giving you a proper lesson on respecting your Elders. Perhaps you have now learned that all-important lesson, especially since I am your elder, yes I am. It is possible however, that you've been in the King Game a bit longer than I.

We agree with Aiti that Kitty Lives are to be celebrated, and we look forward to the unveiling of Tuomo's portrait one day.

Did you know Nellie and Kozmo's Mommy painted ME??? Well, she did! Looky:

Unknown said...

Dear Everybody,
When hissy old Licorie went over the bridge, we was sad, but we also celebrated his long and happy life! Me believes a celebration when one makes a transition helps us left behind. Wes thinks your Tuomo would has liked that!

Angel Prancer Pie said...

Show us a hiney any day to commemorate a long happy life and we'll enjoy it!

It is different when you know a furbaby has had a long happy life (Tuomo), than when it has prematurely been taken away. We look forward to seeing more Tuomo photos and the big reveal of his painting!

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

That's an awesome picture! I'm glad you all have wonderful memories of your sweet kitty, that's a wonderful legacy.

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Marley, and Laz) said...

We cant wait to see how the rejiggling goes. Sometimes there are surprises!

Tama-Chan, Benny, Momo, Vidock, Violette, Ollie, Hotesse & Heloise said...

What an excellent post. We absolutely agree that it is even more important to celebrate life than to drown in sadness. Furry lives tend to be on the short side and we always seem to be saying goodbye to someone, but we must never forget that it is the joy in every single day shared that is the most important thing.

The Chans (plus woofs and neighs from Tommy and the Vs)

Fuzzy Tales said...

Sometimes I find lifting myself up from all the sadness around the CB is difficult, and I have to step back from it all (as I am now) for my own mental health.

You're correct in that life needs to be celebrated more, but it's also true that we all process grief in our own ways, at our own pace.

I know you didn't want strangers coming to your blog to leave comments, and I'm so sorry for my part in that, but it's also a way of people reaching out with understanding. Because our hearts can ache for the loss, even without having known the non-human (or human) in question. We all know the feelings of grief and loss, and sometimes we just want to let someone know that we do understand.

(((Hugs))) and purrs.

Anonymous said...

Hey PPP!
Fine blog again. I'm total finnish cat and my mood is melancholy... and I can't nothing about that, sorry. Life here in northern Finland is so hard, that happiness and joy is so away from our life that we cannot smile... before we'll can be sure that life smiles for us.

Thank You, Thank for Äiti and perheesi. I'll miss Rilli-ukko and Tuomo... And I'm sad like you are.

I'll like to said that LIFE goes On... But it sounds so silly.

Sorry PPP, I'm so old... I love You and perheesi. Kiitos.

Vilperi with servant

Angel Ginger Jasper said...

This is a lovely post and you are so right. I look forward to seeing the portrait when its done.. Hugs GJ xx

OKcats said...

King Punapippuri, it was kind of you to let your loyal subject try to snorgle your royal tummy. We know that your Aiti wouldn't want people to be sad for her or your family, but when we were sad after Fuzzy passed, your Aiti was a great comfort to us. We feel that you are kind of our Finnish family, so we'll cry tears with you when you're sad, laugh when you're happy, and poke fun of your orange floof when we have nothing better to do! And we still have an obligation to ensure that you treat the girl cats in your home with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Love, Zoe