Sunday, 13 May 2012

mama's day

Yes, that's correct.  Today is Mama's Day.  A day for celebrating...  you guessed it...  our MAMAS!

My mama lives in Heaven now but before she went there, she was the best mama on earth!  Her name was Madison and she was ever so pretty.  She had long silky fur and was always dressed to the nines in her beautiful tuxedo coat.  And she had the sweetest little face, ever!  Peep #1 always says I have a heart-shaped face like my mama.  She says I'm a sweetheart just like her.  I like hearing the peep talk like that.  Brings a tear to the eye and a purr to the heart.  You know what I mean?

My mama had a rough life.  She wasn't feral like me.  She had been abandoned by some really nasty people.  I never met them but she told me all about 'em.  Those nasty people left her all alone...  outside...  in the oh-so-cold country of Canada...  to fend for herself.  Just what were they thinking?

My mama was a very skilled hunter but there aren't a whole lot of mice out and about in the winter months.  What did people expect her to do?  Dig through garbage and whatnot?  Sometimes, my mama would hang out at a bird feeder or two.  I know it upset some neighbours but again, what did they expect?  THERE ARE NO MICE IN WINTER!  The cupboards were bare.  She had to hunt birds.  She had no choice.

Then, of course, came us kittens.  As you all know, there were four of us.  Mama Madison made a nice little nest in a neighbour's wood pile and that's where we were born.  Then, when we were old enough, she brought us to the peeps' veranda.

By that time, although she was still a little nervous around peeps and whatnot, she had come to realise these peeps weren't evil and rotten like some others.  They weren't the abandoning type of peeps nor were they the chasing-away-from-bird-feeders-when-you're-literally-starving-to-death type of peeps.  They were good peeps, willing to offer her a dish of food or two when she came by with an outstretched paw.

Providing food for us kittens wasn't all my mama did.  She had to teach us our lessons, too.  A school bus drove right by the house and our veranda every day but we never took that to school.  No, instead we walked.  Our mama took us to various spots in the garden where we played and she taught us about mice and birds and bugs and stuff.  I sometimes wonder what it would have been like to take the school bus to school but my mama said they didn't teach the right stuff at that school.  Not the kind of things we kitties needed to learn at all.  Still, I can just see myself with a little backpack filled with some Fancy Feast and a little carton of cat milk, climbing up the steps onto that bus.  It could have been fun.  Oh well...

Oddly enough, I - even though feral - decided to move into the house before my mama.  I don't really know how that happened, but it did.  Just one of those funny - funny as in odd - quirks of life, I suppose.  Anywho...  I moved in first, then my brother Desdemona and then my two sisters Beatrice and Constance.  My mama refused to come live with us for another few months but once she did, we were the happiest family you ever did see.  We had good peeps, our mama and our siblings.  Oh, and there were some other cats, too.

What a wonderful kitten hood I had...  and it was all because of my wonderful mama, Madison.  I love you mama.  Even up in Heaven, you're still the best.  HAPPY MAMA'S DAY!

39 comments:

  1. What a great post especially on Mother's day. We know your Mom is watching over you from heaven. So glad you all moved in with the peeps. Happy Mother's day to all of you. Take care.

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  2. This is WONDERFUL!!

    ::wipes happy tears off whiskers::

    Happy Mother's Day wishes from all of us at the Katnip Lounge!

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  3. Awwwww.... Happy Mothers Day!

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  4. This is such a moving story - you have made a mancat here have a little lump in his throat. I do not remember my real mother - I was rescued when I was maybe 5 weeks old and there were no other kitties near me. I was very very lucky. Madison looked after you well!

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  5. This made my mom have leaky eyes about Madison and thank goodness she found your mom and that she entrusted you kittens to her. It's blogs like these that really says what a blessing our moms, fur and human, are to us and how glad we are to be in their lives and they in ours. xoxoxoxo

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  6. What a wonderful Mama you had fur sure. Happy Mother's Day to your Angel Mom and to Moms everywhere!

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  7. What a wonderful tribute to your real mom! Happy Mother's Day to her in spirit and to all moms of four and/or two-legged Beings.

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  8. Happy Mothers Day, Nerissa - thank you for the lovely tribute to your mother!

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  9. What a wonderful tribute to your sweet mama! Thanks for sharing!

    Licks,
    Ruthie

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  10. Wonderful tribute to your real mommy !
    Happy Mothers Day :)

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  11. What a special tribute to your Momma. Happy Mother's day to your human mom too!

    Nubbin wiggles,
    Oskar

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  12. A lovely Mum story and a happy one. So glad you are a lucky cat :-)

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  13. This story made my Human all leaky--and if you won't tell anyone, it even made me a little leaky myself.

    I don't really remember my mama--I was a feral boy so she was a feral mom but by the time I came to live with the Human I had been away from my Mama for a week or two at a vet's office, so she is dim in my memory. I think she taked reel reel good care of us kittens though, because we wuz all healthy and we all gotted good homes (well, if you count my Human as a good home, and I guess I kind of have to, don't I?)

    This is a good day to remember our kitty mamas XOXOXO

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  14. I don't remember my real momma, but I appreciate that you knew yours and had a wonderpurr relationship wif her. Human momma's are a blessing too. We all need to make sure we don't shred anything, or pee outside the litter box today in honor of how good a life we all now haz, especially if we were born in a wood pile, or tossed out. Happy Mother's Day!

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  15. Beautiful Nerissa!! What a gorgeous story and tribute to your angel mum Madison! She was truly a brave mama, a good mama and a very intelligent mama to keep you all safe! Thank you for sharing her wonderful story! Happy Mother's Day!! Take care
    x

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  16. I don't remember my cat Momma. But your memories are so clear...made me cry happy tears.

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  17. Oh Nerissa this was such a beautiful tribute to your Mom, Madison. You are lucky to have known her. I never knew my Kitty Mom (that I know of)

    HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

    Love, Cody

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  18. Your mama was wonderful, Nerissa!

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  19. Nerissa, me is weeping for your Momma.
    Me never ever knew mine. Me was sold before me can remember what she was like, Kozmo can't remember his Mama either. he was left in a plastic bag hanging on a door. But wes has our Mommy now and we's loves her to bits!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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    1. Left in a plastic bag? Oh, how horrible! Thank goodness you both have your Mommy now to take care of you... and I know she takes really, REALLY good care of you. It's no wonder you love her to bits!

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  20. That was a lovely tribute to your Momma Nerissa - it must have been so hard for her taking care of you and your siblings during that snowy winter. Thank goodness she found a safe home for you all with your peeps. We were both born into a house with over 100 cats living there but fortunately some one called the RSPCA and got us all rescued but we never really ever knew who are Mums were.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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    1. A hundred cats? Thank goodness you were rescued and adopted by your wonderful peeps!

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  21. I'm so glad the story had a happy ending.
    Smart kittens choosing to move in with the peeps.
    Happy Mother's Day!

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  22. Oh Nerissa what a very sweet post about your Mommy Madison and what a good Mom she was to you and your siblings. We're also happy that she knew that the place you live now was the place she could bring all of you for shelter when you were babies. Cats have amazing instincts don't you think? We hope your Peep Mama had a super Mommy's Day too!!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

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  23. Mowzers, how cool is that, that you were able to know your furry momma! We know she must be very proud of you now!

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  24. Wouldn't it be great if all kitten stories ended, happily ever after! We are glad yours did=^Y^=

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  25. We do love a happy ending :) And thankfully yours was one and you had your hooman Mama and cat Mama each looking out for your best interest Nerissa. That's the way it should be when any dependant lives rely on hoomans.Some hoomans don't understand much nor do they see the big picture but thankfully others understand and feel more and that is when we see happy endings :)

    the critters in The Cottage xo

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  26. You sisfur likes toesie massages??? C'mon, she can't be a real cat, then, can she?

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    1. I think it must be a 'girl' thing...

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    2. I guess. I would not DREAM of allowing the Human to touch my private toes. She's all grabby-hands enough with the rest of me.

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  27. Not only did your Mama Madison do a wonderful job raising her kittens, she also had good sense in picking out the best home for everyone!

    Thank you so much for your purrs and prayers for Tutu. They most certainly helped! :)

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  28. Aaaaaaw Nerissa, that was just beautiful! You did a truly outstanding and pawesome job honouring your Mama Madison (L)

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  29. Madison was a lovely and nurturin Mama to you. That was a very nice remembrance.

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  30. Great story Nerissa. Your Mommie sounds like a wonderful kitty.

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  31. this is so beautiful. it brought tears to our catmama's eyes. hugs. thank you for sharing this.

    pawhugs,
    emma and buster

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  32. Nerissa, that was a really sweet story - if you overlook the nasty peeps. Your mom sounds like a really sweetie, and smart, too.

    Thank you so much for coming to my party and helping to make it a success. I was really happy to see you there, and I hope you had a great time.

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  33. what a wonderful story!

    happy mama's day! =^_ =

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  34. we loved this very special tale (Tail :-) Love Helen, Darcy and Bingley xxx

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  35. Awww your mamma kitty WAS GORGEOUS! What a nice post about her ...

    PURRS!
    Selina

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