My parents had to bid farewell to Nella today. She had been suffering with kidney failure for a few years. Within the last few days, Nella stopped eating and had difficulty walking for any more than a few steps. My Dad emailed me this morning to inform me that they would be taking Nella to the Veterinarian for one last visit. We are all filled with sadness. She was such a wonderful companion to my parents for 13 years. I spent the day running errands, but Nella and my parents were never very far from my thoughts.
When I arrived home, Don said there was a message from my Dad to call him. They said goodbye to Nella at 11:30 this morning. We talked about our grief for a bit and then he said they had ‘2 visitors.’ ‘Who?’ ‘Lydia and Luke.’ (I had never heard my parents mention a Lydia or a Luke.) It turns out they are 2 abandoned kittens that the Vet had been fostering. They have been adopted by my parents. I couldn’t be happier for them. For my Mom and Dad, Nella was a constant source of amusement and delight. They loved watching her and cuddling her. They need that. They need, like all of us, to nuture and take care of something. Lydia and Luke found my parents and I have to believe that Nella would be happy for them.