|Pumpkin (standard:humor, 630 words)|
|Author: Fanny11||Added: Sep 09 2009||Views/Reads: 1649/0||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|The story is about a small kitten that was found walking along the road in the rain. It tells who found her and where she ended up living out her life.|
PUMPKIN Word count 624 Pumpkin came into our lives about eighteen-years-ago when my eight- year old daughter Julie brought home a small yellow and orange kitten with the prettiest eyes I had ever seen. A friend of Julie's found the kitten walking along the road in the rain She was the color of a Halloween pumpkin, so we named her pumpkin. For some reason, we never knew why, Pumpkin would always stay with me instead of Julie. She slept on the pillow beside my head every night and would always lie beside me on the couch. She was always a very active kitten, since she was an outside cat we always let her go out and explore. She would sometimes be gone for a couple of days. Julie and I always wondered where she would go on her trips. Once Pumpkin didn't come home for five days we were so worried. Julie would go around the trailer park where we lived at the time and put signs on all the mailboxes with Pumpkin's description asking if anyone had seen her. One morning I was still in bed when I heard Julie cry out excited and happy “mom!! Pumpkin came back”. We were so happy to see her. We thought she may have wondered into some one's utility shed and had got locked in by mistake. As the years passed I noticed a lot of the sparkle had left Pumpkin beautiful eyes, but she was always there as my sole comfort when I needed company. My daughter Julie would eventually get married and move three hundred -miles away to another state. I went to visit Julie often, so I asked my mom to take care of Pumpkin until I returned. Pumpkin didn't like that set-up at all. My mom also had a female cat and that didn't help the situation. I would always stay with Julie and Rob her husband for a week. When I returned from my trip Pumpkin decided to pay me back. She would go under the trailer and not come in for a couple of days it didn't matter how much we called and coaxed her she would not come out from under the trailer. If I got down to look under the trailer all I could see were two shiny eyes looking right at me. Once when I returned from Julie's it was in the winter and the weather was extra cold. When Pumpkin didn't come it that evening I knew exactly where she was and I knew she wasn't coming in. When she did come in the next day I decided to make her an in side cat. Actually she adjusted quite well, but sometimes I would see her sniffing the doorframe as if to get a smell of the world she once knew. I would move a couple of times after I left the trailer park, and the moving was sort of hard for Pumpkin, but she was always by my side. I took her for her yearly check-up when she was eighteen. I asked the veterinarian how long he thought she would live. He replied “ well she's pushing it now”. About six months later she stopped taking fluids. I knew it wouldn't be long and I had already made my plans to let her die at home with me. One day as I left for work she didn't raise her head and look at me as she always did. when I returned from work she had died. I sat on my bed and cried for my best friend. I decided to bury pumpkin beside the house between two large peony bushes and when they bloom in the spring they will remind me of Pumpkin a cat that gave so much love and joy. Tweet
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