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Sunday, December 19, 2010
This site isn't just about MY music dedications. In the 80s I used to love listening to Casey Kasem's American Top 40 and one of my favorite parts of the program were his Long Distance Dedications on American Top 40. Anything you would like to request? It can be either light or heavy hearted. Please send me some text and a song that you would like to dedicate to a loved one. I will try to find audio and/or video to go with your request and post it on my site.
This week I was driving to work one morning and I was listening to an 80s playlist on my iPod Shuffle. This song came on and I started thinking about IGNACIO. As I heard the lyric "Something whispers in my ear and says/ That you are not alone/ For I am here with you/ Though you're far away/ I am here to stay/ You are not alone/ I am here with you/ Though we're far apart/ You're always in my heart". I sobbed profusely. IGNACIO IS STILL WITH ME. I believe that this is what initially inspired this new direction that my blog has taken.
One year ago this morning I frantically packed IGNACIO into his cat carrier for what would be his last trip to the vet. He had been presenting symptoms of his urinary tract infection since NOV 4 and had been to the vet a couple times in the interim. On NOV 4, the one year anniversary of the date the I adopted him (he came to me on Election Day in 2008), he started to cry out in pain. I remember hearing him cry from the other side of my apartment. He was in the bathtub, the place where I had nurtured him when I first brought him into my home. I thought he was calling me to play with him, but it turned out that he was crying out in pain.
That morning one year ago today (it was a Saturday) he started crying out in pain like I had never heard before. I remember watching him run from place to place looking for a smooth surface to pee on. I was chasing him around trying to get him to use the litter box. He started licking at his genitals and then I saw and heard him hiss at the part of his body that was causing him what must have been extreme pain. He started crying out in pain in a manner that I had never heard before.
That trip to the vet turned out to be his last. I consulted with the vet and came to the conclusion that I/Ignacio could not take anymore. I sobbed as I held him for what would be some of the last minutes of his life. I couldn't bear to watch the procedure that would take his life. I sob as write this.
Today is a day about honoring his memory. He lives on through my memories of him and now he lives on through this blog. For all the great things that you have inspired my to do in the past year baby boy, I salute you.