Saturday, August 4, 2007

Voor Altijd .... For Always

"For always ~ Finn" 2007. Image copyright J. Nijholt-Strong

watercolor & ink on paper, 10" x 10"

"Lieve schat,

Hier in mijn hart

Hou ik een kamer voor je vrij ...

Voor altijd."

- From the song "Voor Altijd", music & lyrics by John Ewbank -
- from album, "De Bestemming" (1998) by famous Dutch singer Marco Borsato-

English translation:
"Dear treasure,
Here in my heart
I keep a room for you free ...

For always."

In the meantime ... In de tussentijd ...

With Sacha's permission, I am writing this little "in between" post.

Sacha and I had a little talk (yes, we do talk to each other and I can hear your giggles too!). We have decided that we will continue with this blog. We both still miss Finn very much, but we also have enjoyed blogging - not to mention that Sacha likes to have her pictures taken and she has a lot to say about her life here in the Netherlands!

There will be a few small changes made to this blog, but on the whole it will remain the same - stories and pictures of Sacha's adventures in Holland. There might even be a new playmate (kitty companion) for her in the future, but not immediately (although Sacha has been meowing like a little lonely soul since Finn's passing).

Sacha informs me that Finn, having now gone back to planet Cattonia (where all cats are from), sends her messages from time to time (ok, I can see you don't believe me... I'm not bothered). Perhaps she'll let us in on what he's been telling her... if we're lucky.

Now, I'm turning this blog back over to Sacha - it's all about her now (hoo boy! she is getting spoiled!) Let's see what she has up her little cat sleeve - let's just hope it's not that blackbird she's been stalking in the garden. *eek*



P.S. I do know the watercolor above of Finn is quite possibly the worst thing I have ever created, but I painted it the day after he died. With every line and brushstroke I applied, there were tons of my tears (probably dropped some on the painting...). I did this as a cathartic excerise for me - I don't know if it helped, but I had to do it and share it.

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Anonymous said...

P.S. Glad to see you talked your Mom into continuing the blog. I think we'd be really lost without it.

The Boys

And Mom just realized we lost what we wrote, forgot to choose "other". In a nutshell--HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY SACHA Have fun being 3. It has been one month since we visited your site and are saddened by the news of Finn being in cat heaven rather than with you.

We, Oscar & Pim experienced the loss of our "brother" Shennigans who had just turned 2 almost exactly 5 years ago so we can empathize with you. (He was put to sleep at the vets though, same disease as Finn.) We're thinking of you and Oscar, the prayer of us, is prayig for you, your mom and dad. (Also that none of us experience this!) It only took our Mom 2 months to learn of another cat that needed a home, though we don't think any cat will ever replace Shen.

Our mom will e-mail your mom in the next day or 2.

Thinking of you,
Columbo, Oscar, and Pim

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thanks Columbo, Oscar , Pim and "Mom".

It's an awful shock, this feline heart condition. I'm sorry you had to go through it too. :-(

Some days I can tell Sacha is really missing her brother, but she did have a good birthday. We spoil her now!



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