Kelly in Forget-me-nots

tortoiseshell cat in forget-me-nots

Kelly in forget-me-nots.

Kelly has been stepping out into the back yard with me now and then, even asking at the door to go out. She’s never shown any interest in the 15 years she’s been with me until this spring, and I can’t help but think she associates the outdoors, and the spring forget-me-nots, with Cookie, as I do. Kelly is now the lone senior cat, and she’s very lonely without an older kitty to cuddle with and protect her; she’s a little intimidated by the gregarious black cats. Observing what she does, I think she’s looking for and communing with Cookie, again, as I do.

This is a kind of an odd angle—I had my zoom lens as I’d been photographing details of forget-me-nots and buttercups together and the cranesbill geraniums and columbines with raindrops from last night’s storms. Kelly’s a little foreshortened, but it’s a good view of her face and those brilliant green eyes; even without the reflection of lush vegetation, Kelly’s eyes are like gems. It’s hard to believe she is 18 this year because she is still active, lithe and graceful, and because she was the youngest for 11 years I still think of her as the little one.

Read Kelly’s story in five parts: A Little Bit About Kelly.

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16 Comments on “Kelly in Forget-me-nots”

  1. CATachresis says:

    It is interesting that Kelly only now is wanting to out after the passing of Cookie!! Sweet photo 🙂

  2. Kimberly Helgeson says:

    Beautiful photo! And Kelly looks so happy!

  3. Tortoiseshell cats rule! They’re just so smart. Theadora (Disclosure: My cat named “Kitty” is yes, a tortoiseshell cat. Theadora (Funny tidbit: For the love of kneading, sea captains called them “medicine women.” Yes, they were considered to be good luck charms.)

    • animalartist says:

      Yes, they do, either by outright sweetness or by a totally unpredictable personality. I do remember sea captains said they were good luck charms, but never heard the “medicine women”! Where did you find that?

  4. Debi Lefever says:

    Kelly is beautiful…..sooooo huggable. This picture is very serene and tender.

  5. Pam says:

    Takes my breath away … looking at this photo! It is so beautiful. Kelly is so, so lovely. In this photo she looks physically fragile, and emotionally determined!

    • animalartist says:

      Pam, Kelly really is lovely–and it’s interesting in your description because she is actually physically strong but emotionally fragile, though here very determined. She is a delicate personality.

  6. Chris Davis says:

    This is stunning, Bernadette. Hugs to your beautiful Kelly!

  7. Ingrid says:

    This is beautiful! Kelly looks like a kitten in this photo, not an 18-year-old cat.

    • animalartist says:

      Ingrid, I wish we knew her secret. In all these years Kelly has only lost a little muscle mass but is otherwise like the talkative little elf who’s lived with me all these years.

  8. Susan Mullen says:

    Bernadette, this is a beautiful photo. Thank you for posting it, and thanks also for the tender reminders of Cookie.

    • animalartist says:

      Susan, thank you, Kelly being with me kind of brings it all together for me especially when you add Namir, his relationship with her prior to me and how he loved the yard, and all those older cats she loved so much. I’m sure it does the same for Kelly.


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