A shout out to ‘Kaika, Cody and Gracie and Cory for finding me at Multnomah Falls just outside of Portland, Oregon. We’ve posted another photo not only because it’s beautiful but because today we want to tribute more than just our good friends who have found me when I am lost (again). At any rate, as the rest of the post is more about human stuff I’ll let the Woman write… The rest of you can nap to the lovely sounds of the water falls, which is just about half an hour to 45 minutes outside Portland (depending upon how you define outside Portland!).
This past week the blogosphere lost Beau’s Mom. We didn’t know her well. Cathy was always friendly online and on Facebook. We read the other tributes and were struck by how much she reached out to different bloggers. Re-reading what she wrote about Beau’s legacy we have to wonder about hers. It probably isn’t the beautifully written sermons but rather her interest in each and every person and cat in the blogosphere and taking note of who was worried or sad or needed a shoulder and reaching out to them and offering them a place to be heard. It wasn’t her writing or her work that ends up as her legacy, but herself. It really makes us think how much more of ourselves can we be so that we can hope to have the same kind of community legacy?
Today, of course, is the tenth anniversary of 9/11. There is little to say as everyone remembers where they were in the same way my parent’s generation knew where they were when Kennedy died and when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Those across the ocean from us probably have the same memories of the day Hiroshima was bombed. There will always be terrorists. Our challenge is to live well despite them. I ran on for awhile with this tribute and decided it was too much. Cheysuli is never that serious and it’s hard to snark when you are being thoughtful. So I’ll leave you with a quote from my favorite snark (other than Chey), Kurt Vonnegut, “There are plenty of good reasons for fighting, but no good reason ever to hate without reservation, to imagine that God Almighty Himself hates with you, too.” This was from Mother Night written in 1961. Maybe some day, we’ll listen.
The Island Cats says
Congrats to ‘Kaika, Cody and Gracie and Cory for finding you.
And what a nice tribute to Cathy. I didn’t know her well either, but enjoyed Beau’s blog. You could sense her gentleness in those writings.
Island Cats’ mom
The smart ones seem to find Chey darn quick! While we went yet here when 9/11 happened, we cannot and will not forget.
Katnip Lounge says
I have to agree; live each day to the fullest. In this my Cats are much wiser than me.
Seems like the only time my mom can help me find you is when she’s been to a place eleventy billion times…
We remember along with you friends. We didn’t post about the event because it bothers mom a lot. She doesn’t like to dwell on things that depress her, rather look to the future and what can be done to help.
I totally agree with Hansel. I too do not like to dwell at all on sad things, rather look at the bright side of life, knowing full well that there are going to be very sad times but I just don’t like to look for the sad times. I think it is good to remember but maybe remember the good things that day and that is a lot of people survived. Sorry.
I’m surprised at how many people think our reminder is a downer as we thought it was quite positive? We were not remembering those who died but the fact that many lived. We only offered tribute to a woman we know NOW who died last week. We did not have an opportunity to write before as we had other posts (and Find Chey is a poor day to remember someone).
The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie says
We don’t know where our comment from early this morning went!!
ConCats to those who found you – we’re pretty useless in that department.
We think this is a great tribute to our friend Cathy and to the memory of that very sad day10 years ago.
The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie
Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey says
We all are affected by 9/11 in different ways and we all remember, or move on and forget in different ways as well. Here in my house, I personally woke up with a heavy heart and felt an unbearable sadness that I could not let go of. I didn’t want to dwell on the negativity, but I just couldn’t seem to focus well on much of anything today. My fiancé, on the other hand, is in the office fooling around with a movie making program without a care in the world – his comment to me, “he doesn’t want to relive or remember the day.” I have to respect that – I personally did not take your post as being positive or negative, I just took it as your way of interpreting how you feel and how you tied it into missing a dear blogging friend of yours. Cathy sounds like she was a wonderful and inspirational person who blessed those that she encountered in her life with her kind and compassionate ways.
Pixel and Samba says
Bringing this up can sadden alot of people. And some people do not want to think about the tragedy. I thought this was a great post and a nice tribute. Today is a sad day with 9/11 and there are tons of people and posts about it. It is overload. This was a simple one that did not try and evoke a reaction. This is such a tough day. Also on Cathy, I was so sad when I read that. I turned on my phone yes morning. we had just docked from a cruise and that was one of the fr=first things I read. I am used to cats dying not there bloggers and with Edsals mom recently leaving us it has been a tough month. Cathy was also a FB friend and well I was very sad yesterday as I went to get breakfast. She was very young.
Glad you were found and rescued, Chey.
That is a lovely tribute to Beau’s mom Cathy and how she left a legacy of touching lives in a personal way.. .
You’re right about how humans remember where they were when something of major import happened.
This is a lovely post, Chey. Mama remembers that day very well and agrees with you that we have to keep on living, as well as we can.
Chey, we read your post early today, and thought she had commented. Thank you for your thoughts today. Our pastor preached today about how we needed to understand each other across cultures and do something other than try to solve things by fighting. It is pretty obvious that the “wars” are not reducing terrorism.
Eric and Flynn says
Concats to all who found you.
That is a lovely tribute to Cathy.
Tillie & Georgia says
Congrats to the smart kitties that found you 🙂
I thought your words about Cathy were very thoughtful.
We all wish we could make the same impact on others as she did.
She was wonderful, even if I did not know her or visit as often.
We remember the events of 10 years ago. We will never forget.
It is ,however, time to start reaching out to other cultures and
show friendship and understanding.
Like Rodney King once said ” Can’t we all just get along?”
I liked your Kurt Vonnegut quote 🙂
Artemisia, Fenris, Socks & Scylla says
Love the waterfall. Sorry we haven’t been able to find you lately. The Mom keeps forgetting to help us look for you on Fridays. Actually she hasn’t been very useful as far as we are concerned, the one thing she remembered was our flea treatment. We would have much rather she forgotten that.
We thinks your post is fine. At first Mommy wasn’t going to do anything for 9/11 as she would rather not think about it but then she read some really negative stuff in our local paper so Whiskers got to do a post, and hopefully it won’t offend anyone. Whiskers is rather snarky. Mommy likes Kurt Vonnegut too.
I am so, so bummed about Beau’s Mom. I thought she was getting better…and now I’m gonna worry about him. She’s ok, she’s where she knew she’d wind up–she had a lot of faith. But I know she expected him to already be at the Bridge to greet her, and I know he expected it, too, and now he can’t find her and it makes me about 20 kinds of sad.
I love the Vonnegut quote, too… but I love Vonnegut. He was smart and snarky, and wise about a lot of things.
So to quote him: “And so it goes…”
‘Kaika is a smartypants.
That’s a very thoughtful piece of writing. 9/11 touches everyone, whether you are American or not.
Layla Morgan Wilde says
The Vonnegut quote sums it up perfectly. We didn’t do as much commenting as usual yesterday but we did enjoy the wide and differing approaches to covering the mood of 9/11. Thanks for your kind words.
We were all taken with your thoughts on Cathy, and it started me to wonder too about my own legacy. I thought I needed to take more time to listen too. To try and be helpful, just try to be better. I was struck with how many lives Cathy touched on so many different levels. I am sure she was attuned to suffering because of her own health issues and those of being physically challenged. She will be missed by so many.
Ping sends his love to Miss Gemini
Gandalf, Grayson, Whitey and Gracie says
We did not know Beau or Cathy, but your post was very kind in remembering Cathy’s contribution to the CB. Now we can only hope that Beau has someone to take care of him in Cathy’s absence.
Mark's Mews says
We loved your nice tribute on both subjects. We werent around fer 911 an we dint know Cathy, but somehow, we felt better after reading it.
Team Tabby says
We didn’t take your post as negative, when sad things happen and at the same time, it is good to pay our respects. Your tributes are very thoughtful and a nice way to remember our own dear Cathy.
Glogirly & Katie says
Such a nice tribute to Cathy. Our hearts go out to her family.
This is such a time of remembrance. Thank you for helping us to pause and reflect.
Glogirly & Katie
Katz (And Other) Tales says
We’ve missed you (our fault; we’ve been busy). So much sad news! thankfully there’s a nice waterfall…
Jasper McKitten-Cat says
Such nice words about Cathy … well said. And a perfect quote at the end, too.
The Zoo says
Thats a beautiful tribute Chey.
Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz says
Teri couldn’t find you once again EVEN though she has been to Multnomah Falls! She wouldn’t make much of a ‘hunter’, would she?! We sure enjoy your visits and comments on our bloggie, even though we don’t get over to visit you often! Your post today is very touching and thoughtful. We didn’t know Beau’s mom well either but yes, she was a lovely and caring person and we all should strive to walk a path such as you describe…
Slash & Bronzy says
We too didn’t know Beau’s Mom well… but we enjoyed her writing and she was always friendly to Mommy on FB. We purr for Beau to find another loving, kindly and gentle Mommy.
the Cat Street Boyz says
(Thomas) That would have been a better place to hide than Mikes bedroom for 12 hours!!!
None of us furkids were here when the 911tradgety happened but our humans watched and hope to visit the memorial, it looks beautiful!
The internet is a very special creation. The Catblogosphere is also a very special creation for all us kitties and our pawrents to get together for a laugh, some help or for memories. This is our neighborhood and it’s pawty cool=^Y^=
Love the picture.