This hits hard. There's such conflict between the image and the reality of life. Nicely done, Julia.
When posting "Blackouts", I thought about scanning in the 'life does not stop' as is, and then blacking out 'not', to read 'life does stop', and rescanning, to convey the duality of nature, of existence, but I didn't for some reason. So, I'm glad you ran with it. I also know the pain of putting a cat to sleep. And even though it was the "right" thing to do, seven years later, it still feels wrong.Interestingly though, I wrote a short piece about one of my cats (they've played a large role in my life) that was killed, and today I saw your post about your cat. I went ahead and linked a portion of last night's post to your piece today.
I went through this when I had to kill our dog. I am so sorry. If it is any consolation, you have indeed planted him in all of us now...Peace.
i am so sorry to see this - i know the loss must be very difficult.