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  •  Oh, Kelley. What an incredibly sweet story. (1+ / 0-)
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    Tears are streaming down my face. I loved the story of your babies and Miss Scarlett and her babies. Our little furbabies give us so much love and happiness. It is so hard to lose them. I know you will see them again, just like I will see the Rooter. Thank you for this touching story. I will treasure it.

    •  You and I are the biggest crybabies ♥ (1+ / 0-)
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      This diary started out to be something light and funny ... but one memory led to another ... and I ended up sleeping with my box of memories.

      "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." ~ Voltaire

      by KelleyRN2 on Fri Apr 02, 2010 at 01:32:45 PM PDT

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      •  I started telling David about the bunny feets (1+ / 0-)
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        and burst into uncontrollable sobs. I know I am more sensitive because of the Rooter but I always was a crybaby. There is so much that is wrong in the world, so many senseless and uncaring actions, and so many lifeless and drone-like people, that when someone is truly special, I think they should be appreciated for being as remarkable as they are. Likewise, things that are magical, a piece of chalk when you are a kid, or a bunny foot that you treat as one of your babies- those things are so special. The fact that Scarlett cared for those feets (we would say feets, not feet) makes her so extraordinary. And the love you have for her is so special and extraordinary. It's like a light that shines in the darkness of mediocrity. It is the specialness of that light that makes me cry, for it is such a wonderful thing.

        •  What do you call that thing you gave me... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...You drive the stake in the ground and fit the top that looks like fireworks onto the stake?  The ground is thawing out, so as soon as all the snow melts I'll install it.  It's going in my kitty cemetery, next to Miss Scarlett's headstone.

          In June I'll plant catnip in the cemetery in honor of Jez and Rooter. ♥

          "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." ~ Voltaire

          by KelleyRN2 on Fri Apr 02, 2010 at 06:15:09 PM PDT

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          •  We call it a Garden Sparkler (1+ / 0-)
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            cause I thought it looks like one of those 4th of July sparklers. The Rooter would be honored to have some catnip planted in his name and I am honored that you will put the sparkler next to Miss Scarlett's grave.

            I had wanted to bury the Rooter in my backyard because I wanted him here with me but we don't have any ground, just asphalt. And I thought I would put him in the bottom of a big pot and plant a lemon tree on top of him. But then, what if something happens to the tree? Or if we moved, I'd have a big pot sized casket. So we opted for cremation. It doesn't feel like he is in the box of ashes, any more than Trini seemed to be in her can of ashes. So maybe he wouldn't have seemed to be in the pot. I dunno. For a few weeks after he died, it felt like he was still in David's studio, in the room where he wanted to stay that last two weeks. Our memories were so strong of him there. We used to go into that room and talk to him but then, but by bit, it didn't seem like he was staying in that room anymore and we felt he was floating around to all of his favorite spots. In the evenings, Stanley likes to sit out on the roof in the same odd places that the Rooter did. If I squint my eyes sometimes, I can imagine that it is the Rooter. We say that Stanley is having a talk with the Rooter and the Rooter is telling him things and it makes us feel better.

            •  Sparkler - that's the word I was searching for (1+ / 0-)
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              Scarlett was cremated, too. They're called the Rocky Mountains because it's almost impossible to dig a hole without encountering huge blocks of granite ... and I didn't want some animal to dig her up. I buried the tiny box of ashes under a miniature rosebush and erected a headstone.

              Like you, I didn't know what to do with my grief. Building a cemetery was mostly an excuse. I sat in the garden for hours that first summer, crying and talking to a rosebush, so I needed an excuse if someone opened the back gate and saw me.  Heh. I can laugh about it now, five years later.

              I love the idea of Stanley going to the roof and having a chat with the Rooter about you two. I can hear it now: "It's me again. Stan. Did they put clothes on you, too? Chase you around with a camera?"

              XXX

              "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." ~ Voltaire

              by KelleyRN2 on Fri Apr 02, 2010 at 07:37:18 PM PDT

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              •  You really cracked me up with that (1+ / 0-)
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                Stanley asking the Rooter if we dressed up too. I could see them both out there, rolling their eyes. "You have to humor her, Stan. She's having a hard time, you know. Once she gets busy with work again, she'll go easy on ya."

                Is that how long it takes, 5 years?

                •  No, Sweetie, it didn't take five years. (1+ / 0-)
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                  More like one. When I cry about Scarlett now it's because I've had a rush of good memories.

                  A few tears, IMO, are a small price to pay for 17 years of joy. ♥

                  "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." ~ Voltaire

                  by KelleyRN2 on Fri Apr 02, 2010 at 09:29:38 PM PDT

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                  •  For all the tears I've cried and have yet to cry (1+ / 0-)
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                    I would never, ever give up all those years of love. just to save myself those tears. The Rooter made us so happy and he gave us so much love and he filled our lives with his larger than life personality, I wouldn't trade that for anything. Even knowing that I will feel this way someday about Stanley and Peeps isn't enough to keep me from loving them. Some fools never learn or maybe it's just that pootie love is so addicting. Thanks for understanding, Kelley. ♥♥♥

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