Noll Remembers Simba

The drawing of a kitten was the last thing My Own saw at night. It was the first thing she saw at day break. Her father had drawn it. Somehow, he had known.
For years, My Own reflected on the kitten with the eyes that seemed to stare back at her with love.

As her 10th year approached, he ask her what she wanted for her birthday. Steeling for the apology, My Own replied, "A kitten."
To her surprise, he said "Yes."
Thus it was. On her 10th birthday, My Own received a meezer. A seal-point Siamese her sister named 'Simba.'
Eyes slightly crossed, the color of sapphire. Lovable. Silken. Very sick. A kitty with distemper; who ate a half a boiled lamb kidney for breakfast each morning as prescribed by the vet to make him strong again - a prescription that would become a life-long habit.
A playful pouncer. A stalker and a talker. A somersaulter. A jumper. A cat who walked on a leash. A cat who once walked across a wet painting and left a trail of paw prints. A cat who napped under the blue spruce trees in a makeshift tent. The sight of which earned him the nickname "Pashe Boomsky." A hugging, 'carry me around,' cat.
Her first cat. The cat whose fur soaked up her tears when Spotty dog died.
The cat who would head our line of succession.
The realization of her father's drawing. Her beloved, Simba.

Original photo by A. Szabo, digitally enhanced.


Angel said...

That is a sweet tribute to her dad and Simba!

Tuck said...

What a beautiful story. You come from a great family of Meezers Noll...

STUEY said...

He was the first in a long line of Simbas. I now have Simba IV. I will never forget Simba especially the time I turned around looked down and he jumped up and grabbed me around the throat. My sis and I do love our meezers!!!

Karen Jo said...

That is a lovely tribute to Simba and your Dad.

pughy said...

What a lovely story and a beautiful tribute to dad and Simba.

Just lovely

HUgs Ginger Jasper x

The Meezers said...

what a beautiful post!

JC said...

Lovely !!!

I am on my 6th Siamese. My first was Satchmo.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

What a beautiful story! Her dad must have been a nice man!

Astrid S. said...

Beautiful tribute!!

corster said...

I remember that pretty painting hanging in my bedroom.

I love you, Polls! Uncle Keaks is so messy, isn't he?? ;)

Junior and Orion said...

Simba was a gorgeous meezer!