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For Ted

Sunday 08/15/2010 4:57 PM

My friends David and Hilda unexpectedly lost one of their cats Friday. Ted was a wild stray who hung out at their place from time to time, but gradually stayed for longer and longer stretches at a time. It was when they adopted Alice, a small Siamese kitten, that Ted decided to settle down. Ted and Alice were quite a pair and he really seemed to love her. I'm sure Alice will miss Ted, but it's a blessing that they didn't lose Alice first. Otherwise Ted would have been inconsolable.

I wrote this for them yesterday:

British writer and Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing wrote:

“If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, than a cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.”

Ted seemed the quintessential wild animal, and while I'd like to compliment you two on his transformation, we all know it was more Alice than anyone that we have to thank. Like two different winds of subtle air swirling about each other, sometimes calm, other times torrential, the two of them seemed as if they were always meant to be together. But even though no breeze lasts forever, we always remember its cool caress and how surprised we were to discover how much we needed it, and how much we miss it when it's gone.

With love and deepest sympathies,
Peter & Candy

2010 Aug 14

File Under: Alice; Gilchrist, David; Gilchrist, Hilda; In Memorium; Quote of the Day; Ted; Writing
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