She came to our family as company for Ted while I was working, when I told a friend that; her response was "Wouldn't he prefer a Swedish au pair?"...
meet our swedish au pair.
She proved to be adventurous and mischievous as most kittens are, and nearly had her name changed to Astrophe... short for cat-astrophe
She was also very tolerant of children; allowing herself to be dragged around and played with
We moved house, and she had kittens...
meet Fuffy who is also in the icon with her.
She also matured into a very elegant cat
More moving house, but the tolerance to be dragged around stayed
...and she kept a watchful eye on us
We moved house again and she tried being a rabbit... when the rabbit was out of course.
Then somehow she got old.
We kept on loving her
and she slept a lot
Then she told us where she wanted to be buried.
The rose bush we planted on top of her grave is doing fine, even though it was misnamed, and isn't quite what we wanted as a memorial to her.
This will be the last time I use this icon... it will be retired.