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Holiday Happiness?

December 26th 2009 9:41 am
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I've been asked to send a message from my family.
I've always been the head of the household, so now I get to hold that position from Heaven.

A month ago, we had plans of a wonderful Christmas. We had hopes for a bright New Year. We had many, many friends to visit and wish Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays.
But things weren't merry, and nothing seemed bright.
Riley's sudden death has affected everyone here more than mom can get past, right now.
Sadness, mixed with guilt, and the tormented wish that he was not gone, has kept momma from doing all the things she wanted to do for everyone here, this holiday.
We would like to ask your forgiveness, and ask if it would be okay that some Christmas cards arrive late, and some rosettes still send wishes, however tardy. There are also so many pmails, not answered yet, but we promise to get to each one.
Hannah is passionate to complete her angel diary stroll by the end of the year, and she feels terrible that she has let many down already, but wants to see it to completion, and hopes that everyone will understand.
More unhappiness is certain here. Harry is hanging on, but his days are drawing to a close. He has lived far past his predictions, and that is a blessing, but he is slipping away.
Jack has become feeble, he is an old man, nearing 16. We fear he will not be with us a whole lot longer either.
Lucy has developed a lesion in her mouth. It was treated with antibiotics, but is not responding, and she will most likely require surgery very soon.

We hesitated to write all this, not wanting to dampen the spirit of the holidays, but we felt we had to explain our absence. Mostly we want everyone to know that you all mean so much to my family, despite that it might seem we are being distant. Please accept our apologies, and our deepest love.
We all sincerely wish for everyone, the best, and brightest, New Year, filled with hope.

With Loving Purrs,
>^,,^< Zack and the Texas Wild Bunch


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Purred by: Twix (Forever Missed) (Catster Member)

December 26th 2009 at 10:21 am

Zack, if you could, please sprinkle my love all over your family and let Hannah know I miss her dearly. I'm so sorry this year has been nothing but sadness after sadness. My Christmas wish this year is for my Texas Wild Bunch Family - I wish for happiness to fill your hearts once more and for your sick siblings to get better. *hugs*

Love you all,
Purred by: ♥ Anna ♥ (Catster Member)

December 26th 2009 at 10:40 am

Sweet Zack and family, you have nothing to apologize for~your year has been filled with sorrow~and friends are suppose to share sorrow as well as joy. the joy will come, although it may be a while, you have babies that are close to leaving and that is so painful. but we will all be here for you thru your sorrow and when it is time for the joy~we will share that as well.

you are so very loved and respected, our hearts are sad for you and we wish we could help ease your sadness, but know that we will be here for whatever you need. Christmas is a lovely time of the year~but it is only one day. It is in those everyday times that you find your friends. We love you and you are in our prayers. Anna and family
Purred by: Angel Soc Dreamboat #56 (Catster Member)

December 26th 2009 at 10:55 am

Zack buddy, everyone in my family loves everyone in your family so furry much,we are so sad you have all had such a tough year and christmas is so sad for you,its a hard day to get through but you've done that now,we are praying for your sick sibblins so hard and we are also praying for all of you to have a furry much happier 2010,we are here Zack if ever you need us just ask,god bless you all,you are true inspiration,oh how we love you all, socxx
Purred by: Angel ♥Kally Kat♥ (Catster Member)

December 26th 2009 at 12:12 pm

Zack & family,

We will always stand by yu & yur families side, thru effurrything.

We will purray fur ya'll, furr a much betta New Year ahead. Furr health, happiness & mush Love ♥

Thanks furr sharing dat wunnerful litta bundle of joy yur new addition.
( Riza) =^. . ^= Bless hur & all ob yew.

Lubbs & huggs,
Kally Kat ;) ♥♥
Purred by: Teebo - Angel Dreamboat #66 (Catster Member)

December 26th 2009 at 2:16 pm

We know and understand that this has not been a very good year for your family.

As always, we love all of you and will be here waiting with open arms. Don't ever worry about letting us down as friends understand.

Sending lots of purrs your way.
Purred by: Biscuit (Angel) (Catster Member)

December 26th 2009 at 5:22 pm

Zack, we love you and your family. No need to apologize at ALL!

It wasn't a particularly happy holiday for my family either but we soldiered on despite loss, thanks to our YOU =)
It has been a year of loss for us as well and no one knows what the New Year brings except that we have hope it will provide quality time with our friends and loved ones and that we meet great new friends too.

We Angels will be here for whoever needs it. They will never be alone and when it's time, they will pass seamlessly into our arms. Whether on Earth or The Bridge, they will be loved.
All will be fine
Until then, each day with the family is a gift....please tell your family not to "pre-grieve". That's being sad for the loss that hasn't come yet. It darkens the days that Harry, Jack and Lucy have now. I know it's hard to push that aside, but they must try. There will be time to grieve later but not while they are alive. They are alive and with their family right now so tell the humans to smile and hug them and kiss them. Tears are for another day.

When Patrick passed, he made a vow to watch over his pal Harry~another tough Texas kitty going well past his "expiration date"~and he's taking that seriously.
Jack's an ol man but not as old as I was, so I figure he's got some quality life left in him so I'll be watching over him seeing he gets as much mileage as possible.
We will purr that Lucy finds a good fix for her mouth and goes on to live a long, happy life.

The best we can do is take the day and run with it, get those miles, smiles, and purrrs.

~Your pal,
Purred by: Chef Rooster (Catster Member)

December 26th 2009 at 9:05 pm

We are here for you all, thru the good and sad..
You are always in our purrs and never far from our thoughts.
You all, each of you, have a place in our hearts, forever!
Take one day at a time..enjoy each moment and hold it close. Do not waste a minute of it.
we are here for you all..anytime
Chef Rooster
Purred by: Ava 4 ever Mommy's Angel (Catster Member)

December 26th 2009 at 9:29 pm

Us cats mean the world to our families...Last year Mommy did not leave the house. She knew it would be our last Christmas, and she stayed home with us and shared turkey with me. Right now she's worried because Andy's eye is leaking. Hoping it's just a scratch. There are a few other issues too. We TOTALLY understand. It's so sad to hear about all you are dealing with. We will purr for you really hard and please get rest and take your time getting back. Everyone loves your whole family so much. We'll all be here when you need us. Purrs, Kisses, and Squishes, Love Ava and family
Purred by: Rufus - In Loving Memory 12/17 (Catster Member)

December 27th 2009 at 4:34 am

Zack, didn't you hear? Christmas was canceled this year. At least that's what Momma said. We've had some unhappiness "off Catster" in our family, too. Momma's gift to herself this year was to have a stress-free holiday.

There's no need to apologize. And as for forgiveness, your Mom needs to forgive herself for not being perfect. She can't do everything! We all know she's only human. She needs to be more like a cat and not sweat the small stuff. Christmas cards? Rosies? Pmail? All small stuff.

New Year's is a time to reflect on the past and plan for the future. Take the good memories from this year (Fisher?) and any life lessons learned, then let go of the rest. Of course your Mom is worried about Harry and Jack, but that's all the more reason to let go of the past, cherish the present, and hope for the future. Remember, every human year is like 4 cat years, so three months to a human is like a year to cat. Harry and Jack may have more time than you think. Make the most of it.
Purred by: The Bush Furs (Catster Member)

December 27th 2009 at 7:06 am

Zach and Family,
Please do not apologize. Do not worry about replies and rosettes. Take time to be with each other, allow yourselves to grieve and to rest. We know how hard your mom and dad both work to take such excellent care of their furbabies. Mom and Dad take care of yourselves too. We love you and are here when you need a shoulder, but never feel that you owe us. You have been blessings to our family.
The Bush Furs and Mary
Purred by: Bella Bush (Catster Member)

December 27th 2009 at 7:08 am

Congradulations Zach on being a Daily Diary Pick!!
Purred by: Jeanette C

December 27th 2009 at 8:37 am

There are absolutely no apologies necessary from your family Zack. We are your friends - through good times & bad - we are always here for you.

We know it has been a sad time for your folks this year and we are purring for times to get better for your family and until they do we will keep purring. The most important thing is for your mom and dad to take care of themselves and all of the wonderful earth kitties.

Love & Hugs,
Chai, Little Bit, Sugar Bear & Mama J
Purred by: Mayhem (Catster Member)

December 27th 2009 at 8:55 am

Definately no apologies are either needed or expected. Everyone on Catster understands. My mommy had a hard time this Christmas has been a hard year and your family has most definately had more than their share of sadness. I will purr for you and yours and will ask my angel brother Murder RIP to sprinkle some angel dust to keep your family safe.
Purrs and prayers!
Mayhem, Murder RIP and our mommy Mary
Purred by: Edgar ~ Precious Angel (Catster Member)

December 27th 2009 at 5:28 pm

Oh Zack, sweet angel. We can't add to the words of your dear furriends who commented above us except to say we cherish you, sweet angel, and all your angel and earth siblings and your loving humans who made such a difference in the lives of so many of our comrades in fur. They are furry exceptional humans your humans.

Purred by: Zack Beloved Angel (1995-2009) (Catster Member)

December 27th 2009 at 9:21 pm

Thank you, my friends...thank you.
Purred by: Baby-G (Catster Member)

December 27th 2009 at 9:26 pm

Don't worry about us here at Catster. Just worry about watching over your family and helping everyone get better. Please sprinkle some angel dust on your pawrents and give them a restful sleep tonight. They sure do need it. We are thinking about you and your family. If theres anything we can do (other than purr) please let us know.

Baby-G and family
Purred by: Mathis der Meowler (Angel) (Catster Member)

December 28th 2009 at 12:20 am

We love you guys, and you are in our thoughts and hearts.

Mathis, Belle, Antoine, Entrechat, Figaro, Kragen, Dusty & Clara
Purred by: Ollie Popoki (Catster Member)

December 28th 2009 at 6:55 am

It is hard to stay strong when it seems like so much is going "wrong." Your fambly has nothing to apologize for and have done nothing that needs forgiving. Sometime it is hard for "givers" to become "takers," and so it is with your mom and dad. They need to accept our love and appreciation for them unconditionally as we give our love and appreciation for them unconditionally. Your fambly is in our purrs 'n purrayers.

prrrt 'n meow,
Ollie Pop

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