Then last night, a truly wonderful thing happened: #1 came back! Tama-Chan and I were so happy to see her, and she was so happy to see us, but she was also so, so sad. She sat down with me and she explained to me that my brother, the wise, sweet and wonderful Sen-Chan, had gone to a place called the Rainbow Bridge, and we would not see him again for a long time. So, now I too am both happy and sad.
This morning, when #1 and I went for our walk, we went to visit Sen-Chan's Fairy Tree. #1 says she is absolutely sure that the same tree stands at Rainbow Bridge, so that when we are at the tree, we are close to Sen-Chan. And guess what? When we got close to the tree, these streams of light came down and we just KNEW that Sen-Chan was there with us. Look...
Perhaps you have missed us, so here are photos of me and Tama-Chan, taken today:
From #1: I cannot even begin to thank all of you for your kindness and support following Sen-Chan's death. I was absolutely overwhelmed, and so very comforted, by all the notes you sent and the many tributes to him on other blogs. I will stop by each blog individually but let me start with this collective thank you.
Sen-Chan was an exceptional cat. He did not live long but he brought a kind of magic to this house with him. I now think of him as a shooting star who lit up my sky for a brief time and whose very long tail will continue to brighten my life for many, many years. Here is one of my all-time favourite pictures of him, taken when he was still a kitten. I think it shows all of his sweetness perfectly: