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August 5, 2004

It’s Been A Bad, Bad Day

I was brought up in a strong religious (Christian) tradition.

My split with it began strongly and certainly and with no looking back in the third grade. We were having indoctrination hour, wherein we were asked things like, “If you die, where do you go?”

The obvious and important answer is, “Heaven,” or “With God,” or some such.

It went on, if your mother dies, if your father dies and so on.

The pivotal question was asked. “If your doggie or kitty dies, where do they go?”

I knew the proper, expected answer. And I knew the answer that, in my heart of hearts, I still know to be true to this day. And they are not the same.


Sammy was a cat. I loved him a lot, and happily, so did a lot of other people, too. I’ll miss him more than I can say.

Posted by pogo at August 5, 2004 12:03 AM

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I’m sorry that you lost your friend.

Posted by: sentry on August 5, 2004 10:09 AM

I’m very sorry to hear about Sammy, he was such a sweet cat. I hope that you can take some comfort in knowing that the love and care you and Jacob provided to him must have brought him so much joy and comfort.

Posted by: SudoNimm on August 5, 2004 11:34 AM

i am heartbroken and so sorry. may long his memory live on roosevelt street.

Posted by: nathalie on August 5, 2004 11:43 AM

so we should do something.
erect a monument or install a statue or something in his honor. maybe we could petition the city to change the name of our street to sammy street? i don’t know. i hate feeling like there is nothing to do but be sad.

Posted by: sbk on August 6, 2004 12:15 AM

there are few things in life as sad as losing a friend, be it animal or human. nothing an anonymous, faceless stranger can say will make you feel any better. just know that i feel tremendous sympathy and empathy for you. tears.

Posted by: ben on August 11, 2004 12:31 AM

Thank you everyone for your kindnesses and fond thoughts of Sam. He was a great kitty, and will long be remembered.

Posted by: tam on August 12, 2004 7:38 AM

I’m so sorry about your Sammy. And of course he’s in a better place - don’t let dogma tell you otherwise.

Posted by: Bryce on October 24, 2004 7:55 AM