Monday, 29 September 2014

Melancholy Monday

We are all comforting each other right now. Äiti got out an old floppy jumper that her mother made, and we have enjoyed lying on it on her. Five of us woke her up at different times on Saturday night - but she didn't mind at all. Yesterday she spent all day with us playing and cuddling.
There's a huge hole in perheeni as you can imagine and it will take us a while to settle. it is not clear how the hierarchy will will establish but right now we are all in a bit of shock.
We are doing the best to distract Äiti but she keeps on crying.  This set her off bigtime - many thanks to Spitty for your wonderful tribute. Yes, Stran is with the stars. There will never be another God Emperor, and that is how it should be.
And Mom Trish from the Katnip Lounge sent this quotation to Äiti from the Roman poet Catallus which has set Äiti off big time, but she thinks it is very, very fitting for our much loved leader.

Through many countries and over many seas
I have come, Brother, to these melancholy rites,
to show this final honour to the dead,
and speak (to what purpose?) to your silent ashes,
since now fate takes you, even you, from me.
Oh, Brother, ripped away from me so cruelly,
now at least take these last offerings, blessed
by the tradition of our parents, gifts to the dead.
Accept, by custom, what a brother’s tears drown,
and, for eternity, Brother, ‘Hail and Farewell’


Mr Puddy said...

You guys are wonderful kitties.
Hug to Äiti
Take care

Katnip Lounge said...

We've been thinking of you all day and sending warm purrs.

Mommy says a God Emperor deserves a good Latin sendoff: "Ave atque vale"--"Hail and Farewell" Stran, we will miss you.

Gigi said...

*I* think there *is* still a God Emperor, but he is living and ruling in another part of the Universe now. Just keep reminding yourself he had the best life any ManCat could dream of there with you and the perhe. XOXOXOXO

Summer said...

My human and I are heartbroken too, and sending many purrs to your perheeni.

Angel Prancer Pie said...

We absolutely have no words for the loss you are feeling. Know that you all are loved.

Lone Star Cats said...

Sendin y'all lotsa purrs.

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Beautiful Stran will be remembered so fondly in the Rumblehouse, such a special boy and he had a very special place in Rumblemums heart.

Fly free sweet Stran. You are very loved.

Mamma N said...

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

Losing any friend is almost too much to bear, but losing Stran must be like losing part of your soul.

The Chans

Anonymous said...

Hey PPP!
Can't say anything comforting words - I'm so so sorry. Stran was sooo full of live, that it gives me much energy to my life. Thanks STRAN.
I think, that main thing is all that remain - fine memories, instructions for life Stran gives all to you.

Vilperi with servant

Mamma N said...

Blogpost for the memory of Stran:

Anonymous said...

Hugs to your Aiti.

Fuzzy Tales said...

It was such a shock to read your post about Stran's passing, Karin, and there aren't any words to express my sorrow for you. Nicki and Derry are sending soft purrs and we're keeping you all in our thoughts at this time.

Peace to you.

John Priddey said...

My thoughts are with you Karin and cats.

I was one of the lucky ones who got to stroke Stran when you brought him into the Grange at the end of term. He was so chilled and happy about everything - even us little oiks!

Stay strong.


Saila said...

Lovely Stran, you are greatly missed.
Hugs to you all!

Anonymous said...

olette meidän ajatuksissa. voimia teille T. virpi,irmeli,tilli,raisu ja nurru

leenajaipanat said...

My warmest thoughs to you. Lovely Stran ♥ I lost my catboy some weeks ago. Stran and Onni are stars in the sky ♥
Hugs to you and your family♡

Kari said...

We, too, think that Stran the wise and wonderful is still with us. His spirit , his life force, has joined with those who have gone before and is now a part of our universe.

"Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
Mum has lit our special candle for Stran. It burns now as we mourn Stran's loss and celebrate his existence in our world. We loved him so.
Our love to you, Karin, and the rest of Stran's beloved family.
Kari, Gran and us cats.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Words can never convey our sadness at your loss of the handsome and mighty Stran. You are in our thoughts and I send you my softest purrs. Mum sends love and (((hugs)))

Riffa said...

We just saw this and burst into tears. The autumn winds carried him gently away ♡.

Colehaus Cats said...

We are sending all our soft, comforting purrs, and will look for sweet Stran in the stars. purrs....

da tabbies o trout towne said...

God's speed to you Stran, and HIS strength to your mom. We offer our sincerest sympathy to your mom; we realize you don't know us, but we understand the pain and the heartache

hugs from boomer, dai$y, tuna, and dude and sauce too as well as mom laura

Just Ducky said...

Yeah, somecats won't ever be replaced. No one is fit to follow in their paw prints.

pilch92 said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

The Island Cats said...

We are so sorry to hear about Stran. Purrs to all of you.

The Swiss Cats said...

Hugs to you all. Tender purrs and love

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

Our Best Purrs Of Comfort to all of you...