Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Longest Night

We buried Max's ashes today, on the Winter Solstice, the day of the longest night of the year.

Max and Denny adopted each other 14 years ago, a long time to be friends.  We're lucky, I guess, although it doesn't feel like it today, a week after the sudden illness that took him.
Max was the smart one, the diplomat, the one who watched basketball with Denny and kept me company in the kitchen.  He loved baskets and boxes, he ate shoelaces and chased feathers.  He owned the red chair next to the fireplace and the sunny window with a view of birds and deer. His purr was almost inaudible but he always meowed when we spoke his name.

We miss him. 

I'm glad the days start getting longer tomorrow.

Copyright 2009-2011 Kathleen Scott, for Hill Country Mysteries. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.


  1. I'm so sorry. Glad he was in your life for such a long time.

  2. Hi Kathleen,
    I'm so sorry to hear about Max's demise and I feel with you. We know how sad it is to lose an animal companion. Here it happens quite frequently that cats disappear. We don't know why. Maybe coyotes, maybe other animals. This year we lost three of our cats [see here:]. But we also got a wonderful new one [] and just now we have 5.
    Best regards, and merry Christmas and a happy new year,

  3. Having lost my own dear Nicholas earlier this year, I do keenly feel your pain. My condolences.

  4. I am just so sorry to hear this. I know how sad you must be. Sending love your way --

  5. Sorry you lost your beautiful cat, Max. Wishing you and Denny light and love on this Solstice night. x0 N2

  6. I am so very sorry dear Kathleen, it is heartbreaking to lose a beloved pet. Beautiful photos of Max, how lovely for you and Denny to have shared his life for 14years, some wonderful memories to keep.
    Sending love and hugs to you both.
    xoxoxo ♡

  7. So sorry for your loss. People who've never had a pet companion/friend don't really know how much a part of our lives they become.

  8. Oh, sorry about Max. It really hurts when we lose a beloved pet.
    Glad you have all those wonderful photos and memories of him.

  9. So sorry about your little friend. He was a very good age for a very good cat.

  10. I'm so sorry about Max. The red chair will seem so lonely, for a while. Makes me cry, because it brings up memories of losing pets I've loved and lost.

  11. Too many ashes this season.

    I read Denny's moving account, and yours is such a good bookend to the memory of your good friend, Max.

  12. Oh so sad. He looks so much like my Roller who is getting way up in sorry for your loss....


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