Friday, June 21, 2019

Feline Friday Flashback: Broken Dishes, Broken Hearts

Some memories bring a lump to your throat more than others.

While browsing through old posts to do a Flashback Friday I came across one from Truffles dated four years ago this week. She was mourning the demise of one of her favorite food dishes, which I had knocked to the floor while cleaning the kitchen sink, breaking it right in half.


This dish had a back story - When Tara went to the Bridge, I packed up all of her things to put in a memory box. They were "hers" and the next cat in my life would get new things all her own. But the day Truffles came home I realized I hadn't bought any food dishes yet, so I went into Tara's box and pulled out the one that had been her dry food dish. (It had already been put away for quite awhile since Tara could no longer eat kibble following her diabetes diagnosis.)


It ended up never getting put away because Truffles loved the dish. I'm sure breaking it bothered me more than it did her - I had a sentimental attachment to it because it started out as Tara's, and went on to be the dish Truffles ate her first can of Fancy Feast in after moving to her forever home with me. It went back into Tara's memory box...in pieces :(


What I didn't know at the time, and what makes the post extra emotional for me to read now, is that 3 weeks after it was written Truffles was gone. This picture of her sitting by the broken dish is one of the last I ever took of her. Maybe the dish was symbolic of my broken heart that was to come.


21 comments:

Lone Star Cats said...

Those memories can be tuff - sending hugs.

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

Dad thinks of some things to send with us when we travel to the Bridge so far day. I (AYLA) have this special fevver thing that looks like Chinese handcuffs. Iza will want a few rattly mousies. Marley wants some treats.

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

That was a sad memory. :-(

M Dawson said...

Never forget Truffles going. Never ever.

* Hugs from us and a few tears *

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

I'm so sorry. When I lost Kitty, I struggled with what to do with her stuff. I still have a box in the closet with her food and water bowls, some syringes and test strips for diabetes, her favorite toys, etc. My significant others have never understood me keeping all the stuff. But I just can't let it go. Since she died less than a week before I moved back here, I didn't get her ashes so that stuff means even more to me.

Ingrid King said...

Those Facebook memories are a mixed blessing, aren't they. Hugs to you as you remember your beautiful girl.

The Island Cats said...

Funny (not ha ha funny) how little things like that can spark such a reaction. Purrs to you....

Patricia T said...

Understood. It’s too hard to let some things go.

Brian said...

Hugs from all of us, it sure isn't easy sometimes.

The Florida Furkids said...

Aww...this has us leaky eyed.

The Florida Furkids

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

We're sorry. We're sending you lots of hugs.

Eastside Cats said...

Hugs and purrs on this remembrance day! I relived Chuck's euthanasia in my mind as I drove home from work yesterday; those sorrowful times just slide into one's brain at a moment's notice!

pilch92 said...

That is so sad. Sending you hugs as you remember both of your beautiful angels. XO

Three Chatty Cats said...

Oh gosh, that's sad. {hugs}

Rene said...

There are some things that are emotional triggers. Tucker's carrier is one of them. I can't get rid of it for some reason, though it's far too large for our cats.

Cathy Keisha said...

I have several posts like that of TW breaking my fave dishes. Of course TW didn't have an emotional attachment to them.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

A sad memory. (((hugs)))

catladymac said...

That last picture is a heart-breaker. I hope you still have the pieces...

Sandee said...

They embed themselves in our heart and remain there forever. What a bittersweet post.

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The Menagerie Mom said...

We have a dish with that very same design, but it's white instead of blue. So far, this human has refrained from breaking it. That's not to say I haven't broken other kitty dishes, though, unfortunately. We're sending you purrs, prayers, and hugs as such a sad day approaches.

Timmy Tomcat said...

We loved dear Truffles and it is funny how things like this happen. We have a few items around that have hurt me more than the furs when they broke in my clumsy hands or from curious paws.