To Tina

I know you. You’re up there somewhere right now, stalking out any little bug that moves and jumps, but never actually attacking it.

I didn’t mean to wash you away so quickly, but it was for our health. The baby boy came home stinky, and he can smell you, too.

But besides… It’s not like I’m not still somehow getting your fur stuck on my glasses.

I never made a kiss video with you. I didn’t want to bother you, or ruin any perfect cuddles with TikTok memes. But still.

You were my first cat. When I first saw you on Petfinder, I knew that you were perfect. And when you were still there, months later, I knew you were meant for me!

You were my pandemic buddy. You got all the attention you ever wanted.

I should have cleaned your food area a little more often. I’m sorry about that. You were a messy eater for how picky you were. I also should have cleaned your water more. At least it was filtered. You loved putting backwash in it.

It still feels like we were only just getting started. You deserved everything you wanted, more than your previous owner could ever give.

You taught me things I never thought I’d understand. The ability to live freely, to invest in love. That’s what the last 4 and a half years with you taught me the most…

I hope you know that I loved you and wanted to do right by you, always. (I mean, you did keep trying to kiss me to check on me. What more could I even ask for?)

Designer, artist, author, comic enthusiast, and geek about visual design/video games/Japan/human rights. Among other things!

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