S: Charlotte Macomber
BC: "I know there is something better waiting for me just out there. And I will find it once I am free." ~ In Memoriam ~
FC: Charlotte Macomber February 14, 1993 ~ September 10, 2011
1: Four days later, I drove down to the near northwest side and met a tiny kitten that looked like a little puff ball. | In the late winter of 1993, I had just lost my second cat in three months. A stray I had taken in six months earlier was now a singleton and was very lonely. I knew I needed a second cat and I wanted a kitten. So began a hunt for a kitten in Chicago. You'd think it would not have been so difficult. Outside the Humane Society, I overheard a man tell a couple that he had a friend with kittens needing homes. I passed along my phone number and asked him to have his friend call me.
2: Charlotte was the | smallest kitten in the litter. When I got her home that night, she was scared of Murphy and got so upset she flipped herself over in the litter box, spitting and hissing like the big girl she wasn't. | Two days later I came home from work and she was Murphy's best friend. They were inseparable after that - friends until Murphy died 14 years later. | Baby Girl
3: Charlotte began to grow... | ...and grow.
4: Casual Kitties! (if I had been able to make them pose, this would have been the result) | There was always something outside that window; a squirrel, a bird, or in this case, a bee. | A Bonded Pair
5: Adolescent Charlotte | In my lap - so rare, I am surprised I have a photo of it. | Look how big those feet are! 6-7 mos. here.
6: playing with water | Sometimes, that was the same thing. | Charlotte
7: and getting inside things. | Boxes were a favorite. | Loved
8: We made the 300 mile trip to MI at least twice a year. As a kitten, Charlotte slept across my shoulders in the car. Later, she rode with Murphy in the passenger seat. At the house they cuddled and looked out at the world together. | Trips to Watervale, MI. | First trip, May 1, 1993
9: Hey! What's out there? | Let me back inside!! | Hey! What's out there? | Are we there yet?
10: And then there were three...... | In October, 1999, Charlotte spotted another cat outside - and became quite upset about it. She probably wasn't too happy when I decided to catch him and bring him home to Chicago! But she got over it, eventually. | Beaumont the day after I caught him.
11: For many years it was the three of them. Together or in twosomes. They were a good crew. | Friends at home, in Michigan and in our new home in Chicago.
12: The new place | It remained a favorite place of Charlotte's for the rest of her life.
13: had a balcony
14: Charlotte had her friends, but she could be a loner, especially as she got older. | But she wasn't indifferent. And she liked to be near the action, if not in it.
15: Like inspecting the annual catnip toy production.... | ... and then checking the quality first hand, er, paw. | "A-OK"
16: In 2007, we lost Murphy. She was the hub so we were cut adrift. Charlotte and Beau found comfort in each other.
17: There Were New Additions in July 2008 | She and Ariel were Valentines in 2009 | Charlotte wasn't thrilled - at first. Soon she was friends with Leanne.
18: And in 2009 - I felt we had room in our hearts for one more. | Charlotte was the most adverse to the idea, but, as she always did, she got over it. | Jeddie entered the family in Watervale, so trips back up there were routine - although by now I added a dog crate to the back seat for travel. | One More...
19: ...remained her home away from home, but she never liked the car rides to get there and back. She did always know we were within 10 miles of the place. The air smells differently up there. | Her last trip, August 2011. | Watervale...
20: Charlotte was a beauty. And I never got tired of photographing her pretty face.
21: Charlotte began to wind down at the age of 18. | In July she was looking frail and by the end of August I knew her days were very numbered. At the vet an xray showed what looked like a tumor in her chest. Charlotte died at home on 9/10/11 - September 10, 2011. She was 18 1/2. | She didn't sleep all the time, but she was usually "resting" while the others were active. It was a long, slow, gentle slide until the summer of 2011. | Last photo - Sept. 7, 2011