Time goes by so quickly. It's hard to believe that it was two years ago when I got a call from my father-in-law that my first "baby," a little cat named Samantha, had died.
It was a strange time in my life since our youngest child had just started kindergarten and after 12 years of never having a moment to myself I now had six hours.
One day I sat down at the computer and wrote about the little cat that got my husband and I ready to be parents. I then decided to use this story to start my blog.
Who would have thought that two years later I would not only be a blogger, but now a Co-Editor/Owner of an online Magazine for women.
It only seems fitting that the same animal that helped me start my career as a mom would indirectly help me start the next chapter of my life.
This essay was originally published in November 2010 on Momster.com, I then posted it on this site last August. Thank you for letting me re-visit it once again.
my husband and I first thought about starting a family, we decided we
would get a cat. We assumed that if we didn't kill the cat, we
could probably handle a baby.
Since we lived in
Manhattan, we decided to adopt a cat from the ASPCA. Samantha was a
cute little thing that was found wandering the streets of New York. We
took one look at her sweet face and we were hooked!
and I went predictably crazy over our new addition. Many, many people made fun of how crazy we went over her.
I'll never know why.
it was because she had more toys than most children.
Or maybe it was
our decision to feed her the pricey speciality cat food that could be
found only in pet stores.
well we had to do that. The one time Joe had the nerve to pick up a
grocery store brand, she picked out each inferior piece and left only
the fancy brand in her dish.
Did I forget to mention she was a genius?
How could we feed her Tender Vittles when she so clearly was telling us
Maybe we were a tad obsessive.
didn't help that poor Samantha had a chronic viral condition, so she
frequently got eye and respiratory infections.
I'm kind of embarrassed
to admit it, but I remember one night at 12:00 a.m. Joe and I got into a
cab with our "baby" so we could take her to an all night vet because we
were so worried about her.
The poor thing had a plethora of prescription drops and antibiotics. We became quite
skilled at getting her to take each and every one, and the skills have
been put to good use with three children!
that previously were spent reading or watching a movie were now spent
playing with our sweet cat. Joe would take her out into the hallway of our
apartment building and run back and forth with her.
especially loved it when our neighbor’s three-year old son would knock
on the door and ask to play with Samantha. She may have looked like an ordinary
cat, but to us she was our baby.
She was also a great comfort to us at one of the saddest points in our life.
of the four times I miscarried, it was Samantha who would sit with me
in the dark as I mourned my loss. Holding her and feeling her warm fur
helped with the devastation I felt over our losses.
we moved to Queens, Samantha kept me company and made the move less
traumatic. I could focus on her adjustment to the new house and not
think about my own.
back, I crack myself up about just how crazy we went over our cat. But
our sweet cat did what we hoped she would do, she helped us get ready to be
parents. And, in her own way she made us a family.
little more than two years after our first miscarriage my husband and I
welcomed our first child into the world. If you thought we went nuts
over the cat, you can only guess what a fuss we made over our beautiful
the months before Tom was born, I diligently got Samantha ready for the
changes that were coming. What I didn't anticipate is that our son
would be extremely allergic to our first baby!
for us, my father-in-law was only too happy to give Samantha a new
home. The two of them became great friends for the next 12 years.
This August 30 would have been Samantha's 16th birthday. But last fall, she had to be put to sleep after a long illness.
always do my best to keep my feelings in check and in control around my
kids, but when I got the call that Samantha was gone, I just sobbed. I
missed my friend.
have been blessed with many mentors in my 45 years. People who
challenged me to become the person and parent I wanted and still want to
be. With the risk of causing my cousin, Donna, a laughter-induced heart
attack, I consider Samantha "the cat" one of them.
got me ready to be a parent like no teacher, parent, or friend could.
She gave me first-hand experience in caring and loving something that
was totally dependent on me.
I will always cherish the sweet memories of
her and how she helped Joe and I get ready for the adventure of raising
the three wonderful children we have now.
As always, I thank you for supporting me and the crazed appliance. Be sure to drop by Bonbon Break this week, we have a great issue for you to enjoy!