I can't believe they didn't even check every day when kittens were going to be born. That must mean they didn't give fresh water every day, or...anything.
Considering the genetics and the start the Clan had, they did amazingly well. SixToes was around 17, which is old. Hermes 16, that's old too. Ereshkigal, 13 and my vet says with cats anything over 12 is a gift. No words for Bendy, if only it could have been different. But everything you do has grown out of that, and everyone who knows the story knows what it goes back to. Just seeing Bendy's name on the board and knowing what you do helps me keep going.
Sometimes I look around at the pets in our house and try to think what pets they overlapped with who were here before, that they would remember. Do they remember the ones I am remembering? Are we kind of remembering them together? On some level, I think yes.
But all the while I sit and think
Of times there were before
I listen for returning feet
And voices at the door.