This is the kind of post that wrecks and wracks a heart to write.
I am grateful beyond words that Yasmine‘s longtime love, volunteer Larry, took on the unenviable labor of love to write this goodbye. Thanks to Larry for his words and the first two photos of sweet Yasmine below.
Our Girl Yasmine: Mystery or Miracle
“I have seen many amazing things in my lifetime. Mathematicians have changed the world. Yet with all that knowledge, man has not been able to discover the exact value of pi. My laptop has more power than the computer that was used to take us to the moon and back. Things now commonplace were not even dreamed about in my youth. We have come a long way, and have accomplished amazing things.
“Yet the thought of these accomplishments pales next to the memory of a small kitty named Yasmine.
“Our girl Yasmine lived at Tabby’s Place. I often thought of her as my girl. She was one of the great loves of my life. I now know that she did not belong to me, or to any of her people. We all belonged to Yasmine, and she always had time for us.
“On April 15, 2011, a group of Yasmine’s people gathered together to say farewell to our girl.
“You could describe Yasmine as a mystery and a miracle. She was both.
“The ability to love is a mystery. Loving Yasmine was also miracle in that it gave us a glimpse of the love of our Creator. Our love for her must have been our delight, because it hurt so much saying good-bye.
“Until we meet again, sweet girl.”
Yasmine was not a cat we ever, ever expected to lose at Tabby’s Place. It’s not that we’re ever ready for any goodbye, or that there’s any cat who is easy to lose. But certain fixtures have an unspoken expiration date of “Never.” Yasmine was just such a soul, orbiting the Lobby in her slow, gentle, so-right way.
I take comfort in the fact that, on the deepest level, Yasmine’s expiration date is “Never.” There is no end for a soul so cherished by her Creator and by those blessed to share her orbit.
Thank you for loving her, Larry. Thank you for loving her, Tabby’s Place family. Thank you for gracing us with your goodness, beloved Yas.