Monday, November 15, 2010

Remembering Pica and Elite...

Jude posted a picture of  'Was' sitting on a carpet today and it brought back lots of memories for me of the days when I had Pica and Elite, my 2 best companions. Their mom was Callie, a calico cat that belonged to my sister and brother-in-law. This was in the mid 1970s when I had just moved from NY to TX. I was staying at my sister's house until my furniture arrived. My brother-in-law was a writer and was typing on his typewriter when I was trying to think of a name for my 2 new family members. Pica and Elite seemed appropriate. Elite is the all gray one. She was afraid of everything, except me, of course. When company arrived, Elite was nowhere to me found. Pica, on the other hand, was very friendly, outgoing, and always wanted to be the center of attention. As I said on Jude's blog, Elite would come and sit on my lap, look straight into my eyes and 'talk to me' in short little chirping like sounds.  She was trying so hard to tell me things that I could not understand. When we finished our little conversation, she would just curl up on my lap and go to sleep. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could read the minds of our pets. I still miss them even though it's been about 17 years since they're gone. They both lived to the ripe old age of 18.

I love that reading other people's blogs brings back so many good memories. Here are a few very old photos. Click on the photo for a closer view.



looking out a 2nd story window


Elite at her best

11 comments:

Notjustnat said...

How cutes. I do miss my Abela too. She went missing just before we moved to Melbourne. I still can bring myself to get another cat because fear of loosing it again - Thanks for sharing your story - Hugs Nat

jude said...

that last photo is just so great

Two Tigers said...

Thanks for sharing this - I lost my Marlowe to kidney disease just a few months ago and miss him every day. I am sure it will be no different 17 years from now! He looked very much like your Elite, and would also chirp at me while staring into my eyes and had to be in my lap as much as possible! He was a very expressive if introverted kitty and I do wish I had been able to read his thoughts! These animals mean so much more to us than mere pets, often they really are our best companions in the best and worst of times. Lovely photos!

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

What wonderful companions! Elite is definitely a one of a kind. That last picture is wonderful. They were both very lovely ladies.

;~) Debi

Yvonne said...

Wow - amazing eyes of Elite in the last photo!

twhIch aye said...

love their names and the familiar feeling of the first photo... used to have curtains like that. also elite's beautiful eyes...

Suzanna said...

Elite reminds me so much of my cat Poppy from Chicago in 1968. She drifted into my life during the time of riots and moved to Boston and then California with me. She too looked like Jude's WAS, and at first she seemed like a ghost, so skittish and keeping to the edges of rooms.

Patty said...

I love to visit others' pets even when they're long gone but alive in the heart. Lucky kitties to have found you!

nandas said...

oh yes... those memories. i only ever had one cat but i do remember him... he was a world cat. his name was zephyr. yours are just wonderful... and the names are so cute!!!

T said...

good memories.......

xt

Ms. said...

I went exploring on your blog--I think this is before I knew you--but appropriate to my thoughts today, in part about all those loved and lost critters in our lives. I LOVE the picture of them in the window seat looking out.

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