The Pokeberry Quilt

The Pokeberry Quilt

Friday, November 13, 2015

In Memory of...

 
My beautiful, sweet Sidney who died on Monday. 

 
Eighteen years of her companionship and memories...

 
If possible,
I believe Jim was weeping with me as she took her last breath.

 
Bailey has only known her for all of his 13 years,
I can tell he misses her.

 
Her remarkable friendship with a deer that lasted several years.





We who choose to surround ourselves with lives
even more temporary than our own live within a
fragile circle, easily and often breached.
 
Unable to accept its awful gaps,
we still would live no other way.
 
We cherish memory as the only certain immortality,
never fully understanding the necessary plan.
 
"The Once Again Prince"
Irving Townsend

33 comments:

  1. Oh Nancy, I am so very sad for you. Sending quilted hugs to wrap you in. Thanks so much for sharing this with us, and also the poem/quote. It is so very true.

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  2. Sweet tribute to a much loved pet!! They break our hearts break when they leave, but it's so nice to remember the happiness that they share with us!! My sympathies.

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  3. So sorry for your loss of a family member. They mean so much! Hugs.

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  4. That's a very long time to bond. I'm so sorry.

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  5. Letting go of a beloved pet is hard. May your heart heal quickly.

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  6. My heart goes out to you. Her relationship with the deer shows just how special she was. Keep a happy heart full of good memories. She lived a wonderful life with you. You were both blessed!

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  7. What a beautiful tribute to Sidney and I love the ending verse, that is so true for those of us who love our pets, as family. I loved the photo of Jim and Sidney, but I couldn't work that one into an appliqué.

    Debbie

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  8. Sydney was an awesome feline! She's once again with her Jim and will be waiting for you many years down the road. Hug Bailey and perhaps know that there may yet be another soul waiting to be welcomed into your home. Find solace in your needle...

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  9. My goodness, those deer photos are amazing! And she could have been the litter-mate of my old guy -- striking resemblance. What a wonderful life! Best wishes, Nancy.

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  10. Oh Nancy, I am heartbroken to read about Sidney. What a beautiful kitty! My cats are my world too, and it is always so very hard when we lose one. I love all of her pictures, but especially the picture of her and your Jim. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you.

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  11. I can tell by your tribute that Sydney was so special. So sorry for your loss. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

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  12. Loving, beautiful tribute Nancy.

    Jackie R. in NC

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  13. Heartily sorry to read this, bless you, hugs!

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  14. What beautiful pictures of Sidney's life. I believe that she and Jim are together now, perhaps with her deer friend, and they're watching over you and Bailey.
    ❤️

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  15. My heart hurts for you. When you lose a close friend like Sidney, you feel so like there could not be another you could love the same. I've been there, and don't even want to love another. And then God does that magic thing, and you realize you can add another love to your heart. It doesn't replace your original love, just room for more. My prayer for you.

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  16. So hard, such a loss. Prayers of hope. Kat

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  17. Nancy, I am so very sorry

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  18. So sorry to read this. Losing a pet is always difficult, they are family members after all, you build a relationship with them, you have memories of them, you talk to them, you cuddle them, you look after them, they look after you, you build trust both ways. And 18 years is a really long time. Beautiful memories, lovely pictures. I wish you strength to cope with this loss.

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  19. I am so sorry you had to say goodbye to your Sidney. Your photos of her are beautiful. So special to see her with her deer friend. My heart goes out to you.

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  20. Our furry friends, they are precious for sure, what you wrote at the end.. on my so true. The friendship with the deer is amazing!... sending you a (((((HUG)))))))

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  21. So sorry to read about the passing of the sweet kitty. Such wonderful memories and love the pictures, the deer is so so adorable.Hugs Francine.

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  22. Sorry for your loss Nancy. As the mother of older fur kids I can imagine the comfort he has given during the years and the place he has left open in your here and now life.

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  23. So very sorry for your loss Nancy. What a beautiful quote at the end of your post. Sending prayers for remebrence and comfort

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  24. What a beautiful girl Sidney was, and how lucky you were to have her for those many years. She will be physically missed, but in your heart forever. We lost our 21-year-old Maine Coon, Daisy, in January and there is not a day that goes by that I do not think of her.

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  25. I'm so sorry to learn of Sidney's passing. It's heart-breaking to lose a beloved pet. Thank goodness for memories and photographs. Blessings to you.

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  26. so sorry to hear the sad new. What a beauty and what an incredible relationship with the deer - lovely photos and memories!

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  27. I am so very sorry. My heart is with you today.

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  28. So sad to hear of your beautiful cat.s death. Our pets truly enrich our lives.

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  29. Sending hugs to you. So very sorry.

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  30. My condolences. My little Pixel is 20 and I know that I may not have her for very much longer. She is also a long haired kitty and looks like your Sidney.
    BTW, you may want to update your profile blurb. There's also a grammatical error in it.

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  31. I am so sorry bout your kitty. I know how it tugs at our heartstrings..
    My son who is 57 has lost 2 kitties and had to deal with the grief. He now has a new tuxedo cat named Oz and would have it no other way. We can't help our attachments, they just get in those loving spaces and fill them up.

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  32. So very sorry for your loss but what wonderful memories you have of this beloved pet. The only thing that helps is time but .... I lost my westie Watson in June and still mourn him. We are so fortunate to have these animals in our lives even for a short time. I'm thankful for that.

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  33. I'm so sorry for your loss. This must be hard for you. It was a part of Jim. You are in my thoughts Nancy

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