Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Farewell, Rosendo

This one just breaks my heart. Gretchen's Mom was writing a story about how an abandoned kitty got adopted and found a forever home. Her husband didn't know anything about the story, but he brought an abandoned kitten home with him. The kitten's name in the story was Rosy, but Rosendo was a little boy kitty, so he got named Rosendo, which is Spanish. He was starving and sick. You can see how tiny he was in the picture below:

He got the very best care possible, but on what would have been his fifth day with Gretchen and her beans, the kitty angels called him home. What is really tragic is that Gretchen threw a major hissy fit when he first came home, but she was just getting used to the idea that he would stay when he went to the Rainbow Bridge. It isn't all sad though. Gretchen's Mom found Sophie and she has moved in. Gretchen threw three days' worth of hissy fits, but now has accepted the fact that she has a new sister. Let us be comforted by the fact that little Rosendo had four days of unmitigated love and attention that he otherwise would not have had, hadn't the male human found him and brought him home.

                                                There was a kitty named Rosendo.
                                                Whose cuteness caused our hearts to bend-o.
                                                             He was skinny and sick;
                                                             His life sped by quick.
                                                 Have fun at the Bridge, little Rosendo.

PS.  I don't really want to take away from the feeling of sorrow for the untimely death of Rosendo, but I feel that I must tell you of what is going on right now. I feel lower than a toad's belly now and I can't go on with the limericks.  I knew to expect it, as I felt it with my Father's death.  I am going to post a Tocktober post tomorrow and tell you about my bird feeding efforts the day after.  I will get back to the limericks after that, I hope.  I have had the comforting dream of my Mother telling me that she is all right now and with my Father, so I hope that my feeling of crushing sadness will go away soon.  I just hope that I can de-clutter the house soon and adopt some kitties to keep me company.  I wish I could stop waking up in the middle of the night, feeling that my Mother needs me and not being able to sleep again.  Sorry to burden you with my troubles.


Simba said...

This is a very touching story about Rosendo.

We are so sorry for the loss of your Mother.

Elin said...

Oh no Karen, I just know about your mother, I'm sorry Karen..


I'm so sorry.. :(

The Creek Cats said...

Bless heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rosendo's family

We are sending you lots of (((HUGS))) Karen!

Kaz's Cats said...

Karen Jo, Thanks for telling us all about Rosendo - it was sad that he had to leave for the Bridge so soon. Sending our purrs to Rosendo's family and to you,


Gypsy & Tasha

-d ma said...

rosendo's story is indeed very sad...

take care of yourself.

Sam and Andy said...

Such a sad story about Rosendo...:(

We will be purraying for you,'s never easy to lose parents.


Angel and Kirby said...

Your limericks are wonderful, but your health and well being are more important. Take care of yourself! We are sending purrs and gentle head bumps.

One Cats Nip said...

That was a wonderful limerick. Take your time and get back to feeling better. We wish you the best!

Lorianna said...

Oh little Rosendo... He knew Love and that is so important. Bless his sweet little heart. How sad.
Karen Jo, I think the dream of your Mother telling you she is all right is such a blessing! Please try to believe it sweetie!
You need time to heal emotionally. Losing a loved one is traumatic and we all understand that. We are all holding you in our thoughts. Your concern for others and their beloved fur babies means so much!
I wish I could give you a hug and make you a cup of tea.
Take your time. We all know where you are and will visit your blog to read whatever you feel the need to post. It's good to share your feelings. You need to.
Please get some rest, watch some pretty birds and think up some kitty names.
Sending healing thoughts and gentle hugs,

The Island Cats said...

We're so sorry to hear about sweet Rosendo.

And Karen Jo, we're sorry you are still feeling so sad. We are purring for you...take care of yourself...

Ariel said...

Hi Karen,

I'm so sorry we lost contact that's my mom's fault.She change my blog and lost the sidebar...Humans
Mom so understands what your going through in this year she has lost four loved ones.We send you hugs and we now have you in our sidebar.

Thoughts said...

OMG Karen I am so sorry about your Mom, we are sending our best purrs and prayers your way.
This was a beautiful limerick and we are sure your Mom was as thoughtful, caring and considerate as you.

Our thoughts are with you,

Jaime, Benson, Gibson, Sasha and Theodore

Brian said...

We are so very sorry to hear about poor sweet Rosendo, but he sure did have a positive impact on humankind...all for the better. We'll remember sweet Rosendo forever now.

We understand what it is like to be sad. This one is for you...with my apologies to Her Highness of Lymrics...

There once was a lady with heart
Whose friendship we never will part.
Karen Jo needs a break,
and that makes our hearts ache.
The Bridge Angels won't know where to start.

Miss you we will,
And the prose that you feel,
full of love for the ones that have passed.
Remember time heals and the sadness will fade,
We'll be here, we're the friends that you made.

We love ya Karen Jo

Jan's Funny Farm said...

It was so sad when the little kitten died. It was so cute, but evidently very sick.

I hope you feel better soon, Karen Jo. It is very hard to lose your mother. When someone is depending on you for a long time, the need to be there for them doesn't just go away. It will take time.


Max said...

Hey, you lost your mother, you're allowed to take as long as you need to feel what you feel and not entertain us. We'll still be here, and everyone will be pulling for you.

Camie's Kitties said...

That is both a sad and happy story about Rosendo. Sad that he went to the bridge, but happy that he found such love before he went.

We know how hard it can be when you lose someone you love. Mom was broken hearted when our Grammy went to the bridge, so take all the time you need to feel better.

Tavi, Cody, Camie, Miss Jade and Gracie

Anonymous said...

Oh Karen I know how you feel - I lost my mom just 3 years ago after caring for her for 5 years. I too dreamed that my father was there to greet my mom. If you want to chat - feel free to email me. My email is posted at the profile. Do take some time off and care for yourself.

Cheri of the Cats of Wildcat Woods

Gracie said...

How sorry I am to hear that Rosendo went to the bridge. It is always so hard on the family as one that we loose goes away. Forever free of pain and illness Rosendo can play forever with those that knew him went before. My thoughts will be with the family as they go through this hard time and someday I will meet Rosendo and we will run and play together.

Anonymous said...

We just caught up on your posts and were SO excited to read that a kitty or two is in your future! We don't know who were are more overjoyed for.... you or the kitty or two who who know what it is to have a Forever Home and endless love. Hooray!

loki said...

Dear Karen Jo,

It's breaking our hearts too about Rosendo.

We are so sorry about your lost.

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Big hugs,

Loki and Nanny

Sassy Kat said...

Thank you so much for coming to my retirement send off. It meant a lot to me that you were there. It has been a pleasure having you for my friend and I have enjoyed the many visits that we shared.
Love to you and your family.

caspersmom said...

Oh Blessed Karen Jo. I really don't think you should be doing the farewells to the kitties. You need to do happy limericks. I really think it is to much with the loss of your Mom being so close. I am sure the people of the catblogosphere would understand. I think it's to hard and sad for your site to be an obituary column. I know it's so hard when we all loose a beloved pet, and believe me if you have pets you have been through it, and it doesn't ever get easier. Your site used to be a happy and cute one. My friend lets get back to your happiness limericks. And you are definitely no burden telling us your troubles. Purrs and Prayers for you Karen Jo

caspersmom said...

Oh by the way. Rosendo is a sad story and I'm really sorry he didn't get a chance to get more loving. A cute kittie he was. Purrs and Prayers for his family. It hurts even though it was just five days.

glogirly said...

Dear Karen,
I am so sorry to hear of your sadness. I have been there myself. I lost my mom when I was only 24, became very close to my dad over the years, until he passed away just a few years ago. I still miss them both everyday. I don't think that will ever change.

For me, the piano is kind of like your limericks. I've studied for many years and what keeps me playing is the emotional connection I have to my music when I play. After my dad died, it was a long time before I could even sit down at the piano bench.

But time heals, and memories become more and more comforting. Eventually the laughter, joy and peace returns and replaces the darkness.

Peace to you my friend.

Krewe de KattyWampus said...

Oh, Karen Jo ... We came over to thank you for leaving the nice words on our blog, and we're so sorry to learn about your Mother and Rosendo. We still thank you, and we want you to know we're thinking of you and purring for you. Blessings and peace to you, our new friend.

Grrreta said...

We're so glad that Rosendo got a forever home and had the chance to experience such love for a few precious few days. Your limerick is very sweet.

We're sorry you are feeling such sadness and sleeplessness. Losing a loved one is difficult, and it takes time to work through the emotions of it. It must be difficult to write the farewells when you are experiencing such sadness yourself. The sadness will fade in time, and in the mean time we are sending you lots of comforting hugs and purrs. We look forward to seeing your bird feeding post. Mommy tried to feed the birdies last winter, but ended up feeding a lot more squirrels than birds. We enjoyed watching them anyway.

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

Hey, friends are around to help carry burdens. We'll always be hear to listen. What a sweet dream. We hope that you will start remembering smiles more than feeling sadness soon, but take your time.