Thursday, October 7, 2010

Darling Nikki

Nikki was my first child; born October 7, 1984, she was a Christmas gift from my college boyfriend...The first photo is of me at 19 and Nik, around 6 months, in Baton Rouge, LA; the summer before her death, my good friend, artist Brenda McCart, took photos of me and Nik in the same position and created a painting of us titled Darling Nikki...Nikki was the best baby, very sweet, gentle and always loving; she was my girl and slept on the pillow with me at night...We shared many adventures, traveling across country by car on a few occasions; she was the perfect traveling companion...She was relatively healthy until November 2003 when I started giving her sub q fluids daily...Her death, just like the photo and painting, occurred in my arms; we held eye contact and I felt her last breath leave her body, saw the life leave her eyes...This will always be one of the most precious moments of my life; I was so grateful and honored that she shared that moment of transition with me...Nik is the reason I have my 3 girls today; she brought such joy into my life and filled my heart with unconditional love that will never leave me...

Nikki and Mommy, April 1985

Darling Nikki painting, 2004

August-September 2004

October 7, 1984-September 18, 2004

65 comments:

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Oh what a lovely tribute to a truly lovely cat.

Nina said...

Such a sweet story about your Darling Nikki; I can tell that you loved her with all your heart and soul. It is always sad to lose our loved ones, but they will always have a special place in our hearts. Nikki was beautiful and as you said, she taught you so much about love, and that was such a wonderful gift.

TOBY PUPPY in SA said...

Oh Jacqueline...
What an incredible story and beautiful tribute! It's stories like this that show me the real beauty of the world we live in. What a blessing to have had that kitty in your life! The two of you looked so, so happy together!
...and that painting?!
Well, all I can say is... Awesome! It's not just the painting, but the memory that is preserved forever. I walk past Maxdog's painting throughout the day and his eyes remain with me - telling me about that moment when the original picture was taken....I know your feeling!
Thank you for sharing your Nikki (and yourself) with us all!
She was truly a special baby.
Sending lotsaluv and ((hugs))
MAXMOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

Ayla and Iza, said...

Such precious memories of darling Nikki! Always cherished, and forever remembered...

Boom Nisanart said...

Dear Jacqueline,
This is a beautiful tribute ! and I'm so glad to hear your story with wonderful Nikki.

Thank you so much to share your story with us : )

Keiko said...

That was such a beautiful post about darling Nikki! Thank you for sharing such a special story! That painting is so beautiful and precious, as well as the photo collage of you and your sweet little girl!
You are such a beautiful soul, Jacqueline, that we are so blessed to have you as our furriend in the CB!
Lots of purrrrs, Keiko, Kenji, Pricilla & Yuji
& Mum Misa

Reenie said...

This is such a beautiful story... and precious photos too.

It made me sad, but I am also happy that you got to know Nikki- and Nikki had you...

Elin said...

Beautiful tribute, me and my secretary are crying reading this :)
Nikki, you are such a great kitty! Rest in peace, someday we will meet there on the bridge :)

DailyGs said...

The painting your friend created is simply magnificent. What a wonderful way to remember your Darling Nikki!

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

Nikki was such a special girl, and this is such a sweet and beautiful tribute to her!

My human still misses the cat that came before me. She was born just a couple years after Nikki was.

Old Kitty said...

Oh Jacqueline!! What a lovely and beautiful tribute to gorgeous Nikki!! Me and Charlie love these pics of her and that beautiful drawing of you both!! Wow. Thank you for sharing Nikki's story here. You both had a special bond that will always be treasured.

Take care
x

Forever Foster said...

Nikki sounds like a true blessing. What a lovely rememberance you have made for her. The painting is wonderful, you make a beautiful pair :)

Pam said...

Oh, Jacqueline. This is so sweet and a wonderful tribute to your precious Nikki! The painting and collage are beautiful. I know that you loved her dearly as I'm sure she did you and you will forever miss her. This is a great heartfelt post!

Marg said...

Jacqueline, that is such a great story about Nikki. She was gorgeous. And the pictures are terrific, especially the painting. What wonderful thing to have. It is so wonderful to remember the great animals in our lives. Thanks for telling us her story. Take care.

Huffle Mawson said...

Nikki was a beautiful girl.

Catherine said...

Such a sweet kitty!
xo Catherine

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

A tribute so beautiful it made mom cry. Mom's siamese Henry died in her arms (when he was aged 19 and a half years old) ~ and she so understands how precious such moments are.
Your baby was beautiful ~ and always will be.

(((((hugs))))))

Daisy said...

Thank you for sharing the story of your beloved Nikki. My Mommeh had a very special Siamese kitteh; her heart still hurts a little remembering Haiku.

Kea said...

That is such a beautiful tribute, Jacqueline. I really can't add to what others already have written. Just a thank you for sharing with us.

Lots of (((hugs))) to you and kitty kisses to Nikki at the Bridge.

Madi and Mom said...

J,
I'm totally speechless...and you know that doesn't happen often with a Southern gal.

Absolutely a breathtaking portrait and post. Calle, Halle,Sukki, Mommy and Daddy have Nikki to thank for their loving home. I tell Madi all the time the pets we had before her paved the way for her into our hearts.
Madi and Mom

meowmeowmans said...

Jacqueline, that was such a lovely tribute to your darling Nikki. The incredible bond the two of you shared shines through, both in the sweet photos and your beautiful words. And the painting is wonderful, too. Thank you for sharing with us about your life, and about Nikki's important role in shaping it. (((hugs)))

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a purry nice tribute!

Thanks fur sharing those special memories and visuals with us!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Cat said...

What a beautiful story Jacqueline, Nikki was a special girl indeed and you made lots of memories together! I'm glad she awakened your love of cats and now you have your three wonderful girls and mommy and daddy cat too :-)

I felt privileged to be with Molly when she drew her last breath just two weeks ago.

Hannah and Lucy said...

Thank you for sharing your and Nikki's story - we could see the love between you in the photos.
We love the painting of you both and it seems a wonderful memorial to her.

The Paw Relations said...

Such a beautiful tribute ((((hugs))))

lupie said...

This is a very touching tribute, it takes that one special furry one to open up our hearts to others.

Happy Birthday Nikki.
You may have risen above but, you'll always be remember for you were /(still am) special, I can see how "special" you are from the love I felt looking at those pictures of you and mommy.

Hugs and kitties' purrs to Jacqueline.

OKcats said...

What a sweet story! Nikki sure had a long life full of love. There is something special about the first cat. I, too, got my first one while I was in college, and like you, he traveled with me as I moved on, living the life of a 20-something, then 30-something. They do make the best companions.

Thank you for sharing your story. Oh, and it's nice to meet you - we're new at the CB!

Jana (mom of Fuzzy and Zoe, in Oklahoma)

Raymond and Busby said...

Nikki was a beautiful Meezer girl. Sounds like the two of you had a real connection. xoxo

The Island Cats said...

What a wonderful and touching tribute to your sweet Nikki! Thank you for sharing her story and beautiful pictures with us.

The Army of Four said...

What a lovely tribute to a lovely kitty-cat! We loved hearing about Nikki and seeing the photos and that beautiful painting!
Sending special husky hugs to you!
Love,
Ammy
PS: Nikki was my biological mama's name - so "Nikki" has a special place in my heart! :)

Sammy and Andy said...

What a wonderful tribute to your sweet Nikki. We know it has to still hurt, so we send you purrs and nose nuzzles to help comfort you. And of course our mama sends her love and comforting hugs.

We love y'all.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Jacqueline, this is such a wonderful and beautiful tribute to Nikki. She was a beautiful girl and it sounds like the two of you had such a wonderful life together. It is so sad when they have to leave us, but so wonderful to have the memories of them.

Admiral Hestorb said...

what a beautiful and precious telling of a true love story. The pictures and the story gave mommy some leaky eyes as she loves me and The One before Me so much.

Thank you for sharing that tender story and love with us kitties and mommies.
xoxox

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

What an beautiful tribute to a gorgeous friend and companion who shared so much with you. It is obvious from the photos how deeply you cared for each other. Thank you letting us be a part of the memories you have of this very special love, we are touched and honored.

The Kool~Kittie~Krew said...

What a heartfelt and moving tribute to your Darling Nikki. Actually brought tears to mom's eyes. She has a feeling that when Skeeter's time to go to The Bridge draws near, it's going to be just like that. HUGS to you and her today!!!

Brian said...

What a wonderful tribute, that special bond shows in the pictures. How lucky you both were to share time together.

Remington said...

What a great post! You were so close....sad when they leave us but the memories are forever....thank you for sharing....

Deborah said...

What a beautiful post! She was a beautiful cat~Your love and beautiful memories will last forever for her.
xxoo
Deborah

The Life of Riley said...

What a lovely way to honour and remember Nikki on her birthday.

I am so glad Nikki found you and together you were able to share almost twenty years together. Those memories and the special love that you had for your first baby will continue forever and is now part of your family as I am sure Halle, Calle, Sukki and your other cats have grown up hearing about the cat that opened your heart and made you such a caring and kind person.

Sening you love and licks (licks is the word in my word verification today!)
Riley

Danielle said...

Nikki was a very wonderful girl. We all have special pets that impacted our lives very deeply, and we think Nikki was yours. Thanks for sharing her with us!

CCL Wendy said...

What a lovely tribute to Nikki! It's obvious how special you were to each other.

I think one of the best tributes is being inspired to love other kitties. It never takes away from the unique love you have for that first one.

Ginger Jasper said...

This is a beauiful tribute to your beauiful baby. She was a companion who made many treasured memories with you.. Adorable.. Hugs GJ x

Noll's Nip said...

A beautiful tribute. My first cat was a meezer (Simba). They are incredible cats.

Deb said...

We are so privileged to have these beautiful creatures in our lives. They never leave without changing us for the better. She was a beauty, Jacqueline. Hugs, Deb =^..^=x5

Alice said...

Tenho certeza de que Nikki foi muito amada até o fechar dos olhos e seu último suspiro. E que agora, ela a protege do céu dos gatinhos. Uma história linda! Kisses

ABBY said...

Jacqueline
What a beauty Nikki was. I can see the special bond that you two had, and how so important it was for her, and you that you were the one who she last saw before going to the Rainbow Bridge...I want to be there for Abby when I have to cross that path.

Abby's Mom Debra

Luna T. Katt said...

that is a pawsome tribute. Maum has the tear-eye. We'll purray and purr and Keiko can keep Kikki company at the bridge until we can all see dem again! ::snuggles & purrs::
Luna & Zulu

Eric and Flynn said...

Nikki was lovely and that is a beautiful tribute to her.

Cara n Crew said...

How sweet! What lovely memories and photos. Nikki was beautiful and the paintings are fantastic. It's so wonderful how she touched you life so and brought the other kitties into your life as well, so to speak. Thank you for sharing!

Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, and Cara too :)

Sweet Praline said...

What a wonderful post for your sweet Nikki. My mom says it is going to be hard when it's my time to go because we've been together, just the two of us, for 15 years now.

Nikki was very beautiful!

Repositório said...

That´s a wonderful tribute to Nikki!
I´m very excited for this!
So, I have a little gift for you on my blog!
Miss you Jacqueline!
Kisses

Derby, Ducky said...

Treasures to remember forever.

Beth said...

Jacqueline, This is a special tribute to Nikki. Lovely photos, especially like your collage, and a fabulous painting. You took good care of her, for her to live almost 20 years. Thanks for sharing.

One Cats Nip said...

Nikki was truly adorable! It's so sweet that you did this tribute to Nikki! We can really tell she made quite the impact on your life.

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

What a long and wonderful life you had together! Nikki and you are both beautiful!

This story reminds me of my BooBoo--she made it to almost 20 years, too--but as much as I loved her, I can't in all good conscience call her "sweet." She was a feisty girl, as likely to snap at you as to snuggle! Hmmm, I seem to have repeated the pattern with Spitty, LOL!

Fin said...

What a lovely and sweet kitty!

Samantha, Clementine and Maverick said...

Awwwwwww!!!!! That was wonderful of you to share Nikki with us!!! She was a beautiful girl!!
((((((HUSSSS))))))) to you,
From Your TX furiends,

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

((Hug))...

Thank you for sharing all the lovely pictures of Nikki. I know how much you miss her. ((hug))

Take care of yourself...and the girls...

Jake and Micah said...

Thank you for sharing you stories and photos of Nikki. I can tell she was you soul girl just as my Jake was my soul boy. Your account of her passing in your arms was exactly as Jake's last breaths were with me. I actually felt his soul fly away and let him know it was okay. Just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes. I'm so happy you were able to share those precious last moments with her because it truly is something you'll remember until the day you are reunited. Nikki was a very lucky girl to be so loved.

Katnip Lounge said...

Nikki was obviously a one-in-a-million Cat, We're so glad he had you to love.

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

What a wonderful story and remembrance of your first great love Nikki! Amazing how four velvet paws can have such an influence on our live for the rest of our days. How precious is the memory of those who shape our lives....thank you for intrducing us to your beloved....
Love Miss Peach

Esme said...

What a lovely tribute to Nikki-it is amazing how they impact our lives.

Cory said...

I'm so sorry we are late to this wonderful tribute to Nikki. Mom had a similar relationship with her soulmate Morgan (1979-1998).

Nikki was so beautiful and I'm sure she still watches over you.

oscarthecatwhoblogs said...

She was so beautiful! Lovely tribute :-)

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Glad we didn't miss this tribute to your Nikki. She was evidently a very special cat in your life and is greatly missed. Purrs and tail wags.