The sidewalk leading to our house, down to the corner that ends our cluster, is empty.
We waited, just for a little while, although we know there won’t be anyone there.
There will be no one there taking a sharp turn and running like wind to greet us, follow us into the house, and wait by the veranda until we disappear behind the door.
There will be no one there when we will open the door few minutes later, and find her in the dog house where she lounged. There will be no one now, to meow gently as we bent down and empty a few pouches of food she always like.
There will be no one there where she was always by our side.
When her little baby was crushed by a fancy car and left to die; she was there by her baby’s side.
When a kind heart came to trap her kitten and search for help, she was there by her rescue’s side.
When I picked her up for a second chance for her baby, she was by my side.
When her child finally lost her battle during surgery toward recovery, she was by their side.
When we took her home, alone, to live in peace ever and after, she was by our side.
When Hanshin grows old, and his age becomes a hindrance, she dropped all grudges, and stayed by his side.
When Kaka stands tall at the top of the stairs, calling for his long lost brother Cali, she was by his side.
Now when she suddenly slowed down and depressed, we want to be by her side.
When her tummy become bigger overnight and it sank our heart, we were by her side.
When the obvious verdict (wet FIP) was read, we were by her side.
When she reduced herself from an energetic kitty to a lethargic old woman with belly that bent her spine, we were by her side.
Like she lays herself by our sides during our storms, like she lays herself by our sides throughout our tears, like she lays herself by our sides along our laughter, we were by her side.
As she made her last journey to eternity, forever together with her child once more, we were by her side.
As we thought about the cruel unfairness of the universe, we were by her side. She lived as a stray, her kitten were crushed and left to die, failed to be rescued, and now, she got a fatal disease.
As the unfairness of all the world failed her, we stayed by her side.
With all the love that she had given us, with all the sweetness she showed us, with all the blessings she showers us with, despite all the cruelty that befell her.
Until her last breath ended her unfortunate story and exchange all with blessings and perpetual joy
We are by her side.
Although Mama Sakura (named after the residential place where she lived) fell ill fairly briefly, her treatment left a burning hole in our pocket. All donation that we receive today will go toward her treatment ~ Josie