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My name is Ersi Marina and I live in Spain though I was born and grew up in Athens, Greece. I kept it all very Mediterranean.
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Sunday, 2 March 2014

goodbye, Garibaldi

My dearest cat Garibaldi died on Friday 28 February at ten past three in the afternoon. He was 15 years old. He was born in my Barcelona apartment in March 1999 and spent his entire life with me. He basically died of old age.


He started feeling sick last Tuesday and after that it was a quick way down. I stayed with him till the end.


I haven't been able to do much these past days, nothing creative anyway. I feel very sad and I miss him enormously.


Photographing my cats has always been very difficult, because they get up and come close to the camera as soon as I take it out. Sketching them is even harder but sometimes I manage it.


Garibaldi is now resting under this almond tree in bloom. The spot is not far away from home. Be happy wherever you are, my love.

26 comments:

  1. so sorry for your loss. they are such wonderful companions and give so much love. thinking of you.

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    1. Thank you so much, Deanna. They really are wonderful and give love and joy. Sweet little beings. I appreciate the comment. xx

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  2. Independent though they are - how we miss them when they're gone. I hope that wonderful, sensitive drawing will be a comfort to you.

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    1. I miss him terribly. Thank you for your kind words, I guess you have pets too?

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  3. Hello Ersi Marina,

    I'm very sorry to hear you have lost Garibaldi, your companion of 15 years. My parents recently lost a parrot which had been with them for over 30 years. They keep telling me in words that "Charlie was just a bird" and that they're ok, but I can see the truth in their actions and their eyes, so I understand completely your feelings of disconsolation. It sounds like Garibaldi was a lucky cat to have shared such a very comfortable, long life with someone as caring as yourself.

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    1. Thank you for your considerate comment, Robyn. It was me who was lucky to have Garibaldi in my life for so many years, though they now seem very few to me. Pets just leave such a huge void behind them. He was like a person to me, a brother or a dear playmate. I know how your parents must feel. I feel that a whole period of my life is over.

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  4. Oh, Ersi! I do feel for you.I hope, as time passes, you will think of Garibaldi more with happiness than sadness. They do leave such a heart-gap, don't they?
    xx

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    1. They leave a gap that is very hard to fill. I'm sure the happy memories will come eventually but right now sadness prevails. I go to his grave every day, half expecting him to show up and cry: 'Ha, I tricked you, didn't I? Look, I'm still here!'

      Crazy thoughts.

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear you've lost your cat Ersi. One of my cats, Lucy, died last May, after being treated for cancer. I knew she was living on borrowed time, and had the chance to spend lots of time with her. We miss them so much; they leave a big gap, for such small creatures. That almond tree is a beautiful spot for Garibaldi. It has everything a cat could want! Love to you.

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    1. Thank you, Jan! I'm really sorry to hear about Lucy, sorry that you can understand my feelings because you've had them yourself. Fortunately, I always spend lots of time with my cats - I have three more - since I mostly work at home. That almond tree... draws me to it like a magnet.

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  6. un dessin..le plus beau souvenir! bises

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  7. E - peace to G and to you. B

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    1. Thank you, Barry. It's still hard to let go, I hope he is peaceful and naughtily happy wherever he is.

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  8. Oh Ersi, such a sadness…I hope your days get lighter.

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    1. Thank you, dear Fiona. I feel less sad now but keep thinking of him all day long. The apartment is full of memories.

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  9. I'm so sorry for your friend!

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    1. I do appreciate it, Monica. He was affectionate and good-natured. Naughty too but I loved his pranks. Some cats live to be 20 or more. I wish he was one of them.

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  10. Hi Ersi- so sad for your loss. I'm sure he was a good and constant companion.

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    1. He was an angel -with claws :-) Ok, if I can joke about it, the first wave of grief is washing away. Thank you, Julie!

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  11. Hello Ersi, I m so sorry to read about your loss of a loved pet. I am a dog person only because of an allergy but I love to watch the antics of cats. Stay strong.

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    1. Thanks so much, Alison! It's been eight days and I still miss him terribly though my feelings are calmer now. I love all animals too, they are such good friends and companions.

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  12. Oh, how sad, Ersi. To lose a beloved creature who's with you every day must make each day feel so empty without him. It must be hard for his cat companions to have lost him too. How nice that his special almond tree is in blossom. Though I imagine its blossoms seem a little bittersweet right now, I hope they come to remind you of the sweet memories you have of Garibaldi's fifteen years with you. Take care...

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    1. During the first few days after his death there was a strange silence at home. The other cats seemed aware of his absence and that something definitive had happened. None of the three sat on Garibaldi's favourite cushion, right in front of the radiator, though they love taking a nap there too. Things are slowly getting back to normal. The almond tree rains flower petals on Garibaldi every day. I still can't believe he's gone forever. 'Forever' can be a terrible word. Thank you, Lisa.

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  13. Dear Ersi,
    I'm so sorry you have lost your beloved Garibaldi after 15 wonderful years. We love them so much and it doesn't seem fair that they have such comparatively short lives. But don't they bring so much joy in that time. The flowering almond is a truly beautiful resting place for a very handsome friend. xxx

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    1. I don't think I can say anything that would really describe the joy Garibaldi gave me all these years. He was handsome, yes, and he knew it! He used his charms to get things from me and I could rarely say no. And when I told him 'Oh, my, you are handsome!' his face literally lit up. Thanks so much, Carol.

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