Posts Tagged ‘Eros’

Bicyclists in Arizona no all to well about goat heads, stickers and hot tar. Eros, the lovable floppy kitty does not seem to care but does expect a through combing from his human slave after every outing. In case the human slave is not readily available or is completing another task, Eros seeks out the human slave’s bed. After a long day, the human climbs into bed with only panties on to discover stickers and goats now in her back and legs. 

The combing commences.

Michelle Campbell, a friend of ours and who witnessed the baby Eros first cuteness died two days ago after suffering an asthma attack. 

She was on life support for four days and when her daughters came in I had the honor of picking them up at the Phoenix airport. I didn’t know Michelle as well as our other friend did, one of those parties that brings people together. We met once, twice then had phone numbers exchanged and our little family grew by a few more people.

Although she died peacefully, the process of watching people through the death was intensely strange. The reactions ranged from quiet brooding, flamboyant gestures, secrets professed to strange sadistic jokes about her toes needing a pedicure; badly. I knew no one who came to the hospital save our friend Cynthia who introduced us to Michelle. She had known her for over 20 years, their children grew up together. 

In the end, the girls decided to end their mother’s life due to almost no brain activity. The decision is hard to make without some idea of knowing what the person wanted. Michelle had discussed it with Cynthia and her daughters and they knew that pulling the plug on her life support was the decision she wanted. 

We showed up for the support of one of the girls, she requested we pick her up and take her away from the hospital. She didn’t want to watch. We arrived at the hospital, to wait on the doctor only to discover a surprise.

Your mom is an organ donor. If you wish to honor these wishes, we will have to conduct tests on her body and organs. This will take another 12 24 hours, here is the salesman to talk with you about the process.

The relief to come at her passing was suddenly ripped away and they sat in a conference room with a man who facilitated the process. 

Did you know that in order to verify a body able to donate you must  take them off life support just to see how fast their blood pressure goes down? After that, blood is drawn to see if tissue samples, tendons and other parts of the body is available for transplant. Then when its time, the family is called in for their last goodbyes, morphine and anti van are administered via iv, and the plug is pulled from the wall. The patient is supposed to die within 90 minutes in order to give their organs, the prep team is standing by to put Michelle into surgery. 

That was on Thursday.

Friday we crept through our yard, over spent with emotional energy and tired from driving through Mesa. (Its a hot state). To which we walked inot our home only realizing that the grocery trip was forgotten. Placating the animals with the last of the dry food mixes. we climbed into beds ready for a well deserved sleep. 


The human slave yelps as she leaps from the bed. Vigorously sweeping the sheets with her hand to remove the stickers, muttering under her breath. Eros jumps lightly onto the bed, flicking his tail deliberately. The Human Slave cocks her head while placing her hands on her hips, the verbal conversation ensues. Eros looks at her for a moment and then rolls over softly pawing the air, the Human slave tells him cuteness will not save him. She then picks him up to carry him to the living room and commence the grooming ritual. 

Such is the life of a cat, he always gets what he wants, always.



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