Friday Dead Cat Blogging
Except that the cat is dead, and has been dead for some time. It has joined a growing list of things that aren't there anymore. Long before the cat there was a beloved dog. Then there are older friends, relatives, and mentors who disappeared in a short period of time. And children I knew who disappeared into adulthood with shocking suddenness. And of course, True Love.
Like many people I show my respect for these missing things by not replacing them, or replacing them with something different and less valuable. Only I go too far with it. But I prefer my ways to the more popular method of treating the people in your life as possessions and transactions, always on the lookout for a better deal.
The main thing I lost and never replaced was myself. But that was a small loss.