Saying Goodbye to Marvin

My beautiful boy crossed the rainbow bridge today.

Marvin came into my life 19 years and nine months ago, when my mom and sister surprised me with him for my birthday. I instantly fell in love with this tiny gray kitty with bright green eyes.

He’s lived at my family’s house ever since, but I finally moved him in with me a few months ago — and we had so much fun. He’d make me laugh when he’d stare at me for minutes straight with those big eyes to let me know he was hungry. Or, when I refilled his bowls, I’d laugh when he’d walk up to them only to look back at me as if to say, “that’s it?!” even though they were filled to the brim. I’ll also miss him waking me up at 4 a.m. by walking all over my face and chest with those little paws.

I’m not entirely surprised this day arrived. I’ve spent many hours parked outside of emergency vet clinics over recent weeks as his health worsened. Still, part of me hoped he’d live long enough to celebrate his 20th birthday on July 4.

But you can’t always plan goodbyes.

I loved everything about Marvin, and I’m so grateful he was with us for so long. 

I’ll miss you forever, Marvelous. You were a good boy. Say hi to mom and grandma for me.

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