Hi friends, Person here.
Finally crawling out from under my rock to thank you all, truly and deeply, for all your kind thoughts this past 2 weeks. It means so much to us. The sweet comments on Facebook and here on Flossie's blog, the thoughtful messages and cards, even flowers - I can't tell you how touched we've been at every single gesture.
All we can say is:
I suppose it's helped that next week is the week, "the start and end of my business year" as I refer to it, that tradeshow, the preparation for which sucks every smidge of time, thought, energy, and brainpower I can possibly muster and then some. This has kept my hands and brain in motion with very few moments to notice how empty this tiny, crowded studio feels.
13 years ago when sweet Elizabeth handed her over to me, she looked up at me ever so seriously, as if over the tops of glasses that weren't there, and said, each word emphasized solemnly and intently: "This is a very. Deep. Cat. I've never known a cat as deep and intense as this, she has a greater capacity for love than any other cat there is." and repeated even more slowly and clearly, "This is a very. Deep. Cat."
I was already in love with this strange new cat, but looking at that funny little white face and comical ear all I could think was, "Elizabeth must be nuts." On the other hand, at that time she had rescued and was taking amazing care of 17 (yes, 17) cats including this odd white beastie and her 3 grown kittens, so I figured she probably knew what she was talking about.
It took me a while to catch on. Honestly, it took me about a full year to be able to look Flossie in the face without cracking up.
Thank you, really thank you all, for your thoughts, comments, gestures, all of it. And thank you for visiting Flossie here for the past few years, and on Facebook - it is true, what she said in her very first post. Given the opportunity, she would have relished the opportunity to sit on each and every one of you, lavishing in pets and scritches until those fine little white hairs had sucked into your every possible orifice literally tickling you to the core. Next time you feel a tickle in your nose, or your eye, or maybe even your belly button - it may just be her finally making her rounds.
In the meantime, there is one more post I think she would have added here had she been given the time; I'll be back with that again soon, I think.