Thursday, March 18, 2010


Angels arrived in the mail this week courtesy of a draw by Caution over at the Human Race 600. I don't know much about angels except there have been a few times in my life when I just know they had my back. There is an angel in my garden beneath the deck - a cute little boy with requisite wings holding a bird in his lightly crossed palms. He came from my favourite resale shop in Town. The lady waiting on me oohed and ahhed at him so I mentioned he was to memorialize our dearly departed Lucy Maude - Buff's favourite, favourite cat ever, after Lucy Maude met her end on the road.

GG coming home from work one night found her, brought her back and buried her beneath the roses by the deck. The lady at the shop coughed a little, placing the Hello Dolly she was eating onto the counter top and said, "Ohhh, I'm so sorry for your son," then hesitating slightly, head ever so shaky, she continued, "and...oh...I you buried him under the deck?"
"No. Nooo! This is for Buff's cat! Not Buff! Buff's cat died. He's just a little boy and I thought this...I thought it would help."

I decided to stop. This woman thinks I buried our son beneath the deck. Imagine if I told her that as we spoke Buff was home chiseling away on a slab of black marble GG dumpster dived from who knows where. I looked at the angel in my hand. Lucy Maude had been an angel. She watched over Buff whenever he was ill, never leaving his side. She was like Buff. Gentle. Kind. Caring. Every spring we set a container of white impatiens over her grave. I walked out the rear of the shop, got into the van and slipped into hysterical laughter - if they didn't think I was nuts before. Anyhow. That's just one of the things which came to mind when I opened the parcel and saw the title.
Thank you Caution.


Mental P Mama said...

Awww. Such a sweet cat. Did you ever go back to that shop???


The Men in White Coats will be comming to take you away if you're not careful!

Vicky x

Sue said...

Thanks for the morning laugh. I think I'm going to chuckle over that one for the rest of the day!

Please give us a review of the book when you're finished.

Jeanne said...


May Angels protect you
May troubles neglect you
Love Jeanne

Caution Flag said...

Just imagine the stories she told about you. "Today this crazy lady came into the store ..." That really is a wonderful story :)

sleeplessnights04 said...

If she were listening she would have known you wouldn't have named your son after an author - pets would be so however. :oP Or after characters from a book :o)My cats are name D'Artagnan and Aramis :o) Lucy Maude is one of my favorite authors - I read the entire Anne series when I was younger and was very sad when I finished the Further Chronicles of Avonlea, I yearned for more. I'm sure that's how the feelings were when LM passed - still wanting more, not complete :o( :o)

Gill - That British Woman said...

what a lovely story. Next time you know you are up my way, give let me know. I live around 20 minutes north eat of Orangeville.


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Decadent Housewife said...

Yes, I go to that store all the time. It's either shame or cheap buys.

You and our veterinarian are the only two who have ever noticed or said anything, at least.