April 16, 2012

Lewis : March 17 2007 - April 16th 2011

LP, " Today marks the first anniversary of Lewis' death. Some of you knew Lewis through this blog and were very supportive of us when he died so suddenly. Thank you for that . I wanted to share a few photos of Lewis to honour his memory but I also wanted to mention what has transpired in the year since he has left us.  The days after his sudden death brought us to our knees in grief  but there are many good things that have happened which we could never overlook . The delightful ,  magical , innocent , playful kitten babies are the most joyful and obvious of those good things but smaller yet equally wonderful things have happened too.

I started a garden in the back which is flourishing and which has also brought an abundance of new life with it . We hear birdsong now . Lovely butterflies flutter about .  Sneaky squirrels steal our bulbs and neighbourhood cats steal our catnip and we laugh . We laugh because before all of that , all there was behind our building were large bins of overflowing garbage and now there is a secret garden with blooms , blossoms , and birdsong. A small miracle.

We have had quite a few health scares with Tulip  over the past year since Lewis has left us but each time she has come back to us reminding us of the delicate balance between life and death and also reminding us to treasure all we are blessed with .

 I paint more often now and take pleasure in bringing more art into my life and into my friends' lives .

 I would like to believe Lewis , his spirit , his small yet important life , has left us with a heightened sense of thankfulness. A heightened awareness that although life takes and gives and often not proportionally, whatever it is that we love/ loved , we carry forevermore.We carry Lewis in our hearts. Forevermore.

LP , " Rest in peace Sweet Angel Boy. You are loved .You are forever in our hearts. We miss you. You will always bring a smile to our face when we say your name."

Have a Marvelous Monday.
See you soon.
the critters in The Cottage xo


  1. What a beautiful post. I think Lewis, in his way, brought all those lovely things into your life.

  2. That was such a lovely tribute to Lewis. It is so sad when they die all of a sudden. Sounds like your life is good right now. Lots of good stuff going on. Take care and have a great week.

  3. That lovely post has left Mum with tears running down her face - a life taken so young is always extra sad because you are robbed of seeing them mature and your head full of "what ifs".
    Lewis was such a lovely young mancat and he had the most expressive face.
    We bet he is smiling at your new garden and is happy for you.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  4. what a lovely tribute to a wonderful boy. it is sad that sometimes it take something bad to make us realize how lucky we can be.....we know that Lewis was well loved and is looking from across the Bridge with love!

  5. This is an incredibly beautiful, thoughtful and thought-provoking post in memory of Lewis.

    Sending you all purrs and kitty kisses today.

  6. We remember Lewis well and were so shocked and saddened when he left so suddenly. But how wonderful that his legacy is so full of richness and joy! We feel the same about the two boys we lost so young, Sen and Yuu. Just as we miss them, we are grateful to have had them in our lives, and for all the good things that have followed.

    The Chans

  7. We remember that adorable face and we're glad you are able to laugh when you remember Lewis. A lovely memorial post.

  8. We remember sweet Lewis. Our mom thought he had the sweetest face and was really taken with him. She was so sad when he went to the bridge.

    This is a wonderful tribute to him...and it's nice to know that his passing has brought something positive to your life.

  9. Sweet Lewis, it is so nice to see your inquisitive little face again!!! I can't believe it's been a year, we love you and we miss you...

  10. I didn't know Lewis, but after reading your beautiful tribute I feel as though I do ...he sounds extraordinary.

    Your pal, Pip

  11. What a beautiful tribute. How wonderful that his love and legacy live on now and always. We will never, ever forget him. Hugs to you all.

  12. What a lovely tribute. We're so sorry for your loss. :(

    RIP, sweet Lewis <3

  13. We're sorry we're late to this absolutely beautiful post. Love the pictures of Lewis, and your loving words.

  14. Lovely little smudge-nosed sweetie. You'll always be remembered and loved. Hope you're having so much fun on the other side.

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