So Long Old Friend

“I’m ready,” I said, a deceptively strong face fighting back tears.

I caressed your soft fur one last time. I gazed into your sapphire eyes; you knew, somehow.

“I’m ready,” I said, but that wasn’t what I meant.




33 words + the phrase “That wasn’t what I meant.” for this week’s Trifecta Challenge.

This past Saturday, I said goodbye to my furry friend of nearly 18 years,  Sugar.  I’m going to miss her sweet disposition and loving nature.  She really was the picture of a perfect cat, so eager to give love and affection.  I don’t think anyone is ever truly ready to say good-bye to family.


Stay positive & love your life!




Listening to: Air – Who Am I Now?

Eating:  Hummus and veggies wrap.

Random fact:  You can add Costco to the list of odd smells I enjoy.  Maybe it’s the cardboard boxes.




43 thoughts on “So Long Old Friend

  1. I’m so sorry. She’s a beautiful cat.

    Your entry is really well done.

  2. Totally understand…their innocence makes them missed all the more. It’s why I believe they greet us again, where they, and our true selves can live free of the world’s entropy, ill effects, and sorrows. A belief.

  3. No, one is never ready for that sort of thing. Sympathy.

  4. Oh I am so sorry. It brought tears to my eyes reading this. No one is ever ready to say goodbye. So sad! HUGS! Great take on the prompt. ♥

  5. my heart just hurt with that goodbye. What a beautiful little animal soul.

  6. That’s so sad….I’m sorry for your loss.

  7. Little Sugar was given to Melissa by one of my coworkers at the time. We talked her dad into a “new” cat by telling him that it had its shots and everything. (ya right!) When we went to pick her up, she had a severe upper respiratory infection. We did not think she would live to get her to the vets. One after hours trip to the vet, we were on our way home with a medication and a very sick kitty. Melissa nursed her back to health and they have been friends all these many years.
    Sugar never weighted more than 5-6 lbs and was totally deaf. She had the loudest meow I have ever heard! What a precious animal that became such an important part of my daughter’s life. 4 legged creatures can be your best friends!
    Sweet Dream Little Sugs

  8. Oh, I’m so sorry, Mel! You’d mentioned your sick kitty when I went through this last month. We’re never ready, but I know what you meant.

    P.S. She is a gorgeous kitty…

  9. Beautiful tribute to a gorgeous feline family member. I’m sorry for your loss.

  10. How sad. Hugs to you.

  11. She was gorgeous and what a long life. RIP dear sugar.

    They are family. …*hugs*

  12. Saying goodbye to a pet is so incredibly hard. I still remember that heart ripping pain when my dog of 17 years died 4 years ago. Lots of hugs from me to you!

  13. This breaks my heart, as I have a cat that’s getting up there in years. I’m sorry for your loss.

  14. So sorry, Mel. That’s a lovely tribute, though.

  15. Never ready to say goodbye, despite what you say, right? Lovely write.

  16. Well done and touching bit of memory. It’s hard to say “Goodbye” to a pet.

  17. There is something so profoundly sad about saying goodbye to the sweet cat souls that have become a part of our families….and, no, we are never ready even if we say we are. So sorry about Sugar 😦

  18. I’m sorry for the loss of your friend. I admit this piece made me tear up just a little.

  19. Beautiful, dear. Peace.

  20. Oh no. I’m so sorry for your loss. Nobody is ever really ready for that, are they? Take care.

  21. When is the time ever correct for good byes to friends ? Hope u find peace..

  22. Oh, jeez, you made me cry at work. We went through this a year ago, and it feels like yesterday. *hugs*

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