In memory of Monroe "Monnie" a.k.a "My Girl" 03/16/00- 04/10/20 |
The year 2000. The year when we all thought the world would end because of Y2K. For me, it would turn out to be the year that my life would be enriched in ways that I never would have imagined. It was the year that you and Jillian came into my life! You were named after Marilyn Monroe, as I was obsessed with her in my teens/early twenties. Your human daddy and I were just beginning our life together. We had gone away for the weekend, and I asked him to please stop at your foster mom's house. You see, "my girl", you and Jillian were already in my heart and plans and if he wanted to be, he would accept you as part of the package. When we walked in, Jilly Bean curled up in Dad's lap...you in mine. You were "my girl" right from the beginning.
We began our life together at my studio apartment on West Pine. An apartment made for one- and two kitties! Then when it was apparent that your human Daddy was all in, we moved into a bigger apartment and married. The four of us- a family! One more move to our home on Cecil where we began adding to our number four.You were so patient and understanding when the crook of my arm, where you loved to lay, was replaced by a nursing baby boy. You were still patient, although perturbed, when we added another! You were pleasantly surprised to learn as these little humans grew, that they were also capable of loving on you, too, "my girl"! You loved the little humans, but you always preferred to be with me....always patiently waiting in your regal way, with your front paws crossed for my time.
The years passed on as they do, and you aged so gracefully. Your sweet little lady-like "meowww" became more of a loud "REEEOWWW!" I didn't know that it was possible, but your eyes became greener every year. They were the most beautiful eyes I've ever seen, and you loved to get right in my face and stare into my very soul with those mesmerizing beauties. My soul cat- that's what you were, my girl. Our connection was like none other that I've had with a cat- so wise you were. You always brought me comfort over the years as I grew from a selfish young adult to an all-giving mother. You were there providing comfort when Jillian passed at 15 years old. And when we moved into our new home a year and a half ago, I worried that it would stress you out. "My girl", you took it better than any of us, including your much younger kitty sisters, Prim and Cora. Oh yeah, you accepted them so beautifully five years ago after an initial hissy-fit. A simple explanation to you that they had no where to go and no one to take them, and you were perfectly accepting after that. I swear you always understood every word; you were the smartest girl I knew. How honored I am to have been your human mommy.
*"My girl", we picked up your ashes today, and you are back home with us. Thank you for choosing me for the past 20 years as "your girl." Run free at The Rainbow Bridge with Jilly. We love you!