May 15th 2008 11:32 pm
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...of a very special woman. Today my diary is dedicated in the memory of Laurel Jaffer, meowmy to one of my oldest, dearest furriends Aldo, his sifur Tess and his doggy furbling Noelle. Aldo always called me Snowstorm, and Noelle loved to lick me...
I cannot begin to write it as perfectly as my sweet furriend Hannah's meowmy did, but my meowmy will try.
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I wanted to write this yesterday (thursday), but just couldn't bring myself to do it....I never imagined how deeply the loss of Laurel would affect me. But then she was a special, strong woman, and one couldn't help but be affected by her touching your life. And seeing her memorial picture and the posts all over catster today has made me cry so much - Laurel would have been so touched and I think maybe even surprised...she always thought that she wasn't a loved person, that she had only a few friends - oh how very wrong she was. I hope she sees all of the love and smiles.
As Hannah's mom already stated in her diary, Laurel was a complex person and anyone who was truly her friend would understand what we mean by this. But this didn't make me love her less - having known her background and what she had went through and was still going through, I understood.
Amongst other things, Laurel was a gourmet cook, a gifted writer, a great photographer (examples can be seen here) and more... She was so talented, extremely intelligent (she had a master's degree) and such a fighter... the only problem was that her poor, tired body couldn't keep up with her mind or spirit. Knowing that she has now been freed of her prison of pain is a great comfort to me.
I know she is also with her beloved rainbow bridge cats, especially Tabitha who was her favourite...and she will be there for Aldo, Tess and Noelle when the time comes too. Her furbabies were her life, and I know they must miss her terribly as well...
I will miss you, Laurel....the good and the bad, the chats about food, literature, speciality coffees and teas, your concerns about Aldo's health and Noelle's weight, the simple line "brb - litterbox" which always made me giggle, oh and remember the day that you finally felt so much better, and got dressed up and put make up on for the doctor for the first time in ages? You did it while we chatted, asking me this skirt or that one? Tights or pantihose? You sounded so much better, and I was so happy because it sounded like a breakthrough and I know you felt so much better...was that truly only 2 months ago?
Rest in peace, my dear friend...till we meet again.
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