Several months ago, my family lost our dear friend Elfie. He was 17 years old and declining and yet he still felt that it was his duty to patrol his neighborhood. He always was the king of his territory, and he lived a long and full life both indoors and out. He loved his family; we grew up together really, and he was always a shining example of patience, wisdom, and loyalty.
My mom said he insisted on going out one night this summer. She'd been keeping him in at night, trying to convince him that he is old and needed his rest but Elfie wasn't having it. She told him to be careful and watched him prowl off.
Elfie was hit by a car that night. Whoever did it laid him in the median with a note that it happened quickly and that they were sorry. My mom found him the next day.
I only hope that he died without suffering. My family tries to find comfort in knowing that he was taken from this life before he became to old and ill to do all the things he loved. Before he lost that sense of dignity that he always possessed. My family got together and created a garden in the corner of the yard where we buried him near the place where he used to sit on the fence and watch over his kingdom. Everyone, even the other cats, seem to be able to sense his presence there.
Elfie was a friend to everyone. To my sisters and I he was a brother. To Chica he was like a patient grandfather. Magneto respected him and even Winry, who is normally so feisty, treated him with reverence when we visited grandma's house. Rusty, who grew up with Elfie as his mentor, seems lost without him. Rico and Thackery Binx (who has taken up residence at my mom's house now) have taken over the kingdom in Elfie's absence, and they often go to his place on the fence and sit together. It's as if they are waiting for him, or perhaps they feel his presence there...
We won't forget Elfie. He was a special cat, he had that special something and he was good, through and through. I've put off posting this as it took me a while to sort through my feelings but it would not be right for me not to memorialize him here.
Thank you for reading. We love and miss you always, Elfie.