Lynne’s guardian angel cat volunteer at Whisker City in Shoreline somehow completed health checkups and paperwork to adopt a cat on Saturday. He is an 11-year-old long-haired, dark-red single-owner cat rescued around the day I called last week. Our family was not prepared. We told Lynne he is her surprise gift for Mother’s Day and arrives on Tuesday. He wrote his own introduction to her for Mother’s Day:
Dear Lynne, my first owner moved into a nursing home and can’t take care of me, so he asked Whisker City to find my new home. Whisker City is in Shoreline Washington with a very good reputation. “No matter how much time has passed since you adopted your kitty. We will always take back a cat that was adopted from Whisker City.”
Patricia Curry, a volunteer at Whisker City, recommended me as a perfect Mother’s Day present for you on Mother’s Day. You sound like a perfect match for me. My first name was Friskie, but that was 11 years ago and is no longer appropriate because I like to snuggle and cuddle. Please give me a new name that you like. See you soon.
Jim — I am an old neighbor/friend of Lynne’s from Lynn Street (and a good friend of Terry Rosencrantz). My youngest is a year older than Henrik and Simon so we never completely overlapped with kids but we saw each other a lot at Montlake and went on occasional outings before the kids started kindergarten.
Let me know what I may do to brighten Lynne’s day. I think of her all the time but then I hesitate to reach out in case it would confuse her. We did go for coffee once with Terry and had talked of the three of us walking to lunch on Cap Hill before the stay at home order happened. I would really like to find a way to help keep her spirits up. She has been such a force of nature — so positive in the face of this horrible disease. She has always inspired me and even more so now. Would a card and note be appropriate? Sending her a book? Any other little present? I am so happy she will have a pet in her life. I know how much she missed her dog. Please let me know if there is any way I can support you in your efforts to support Lynne.