This is my first cat, Hadassah and I. This was shot late 1987, so she was just one year old, and it’s one of the very few pictures I have of her. No digital camera back then. When she came to me, I’d just read the Book of Esther in the Bible — hence the name Hadassah. Found out that Esther’s name meant Hadassah, and I found that beautiful. Now, when I searched my Flickr albums for the tag Hadassah, I got suggestions … Flickr said: «perhaps you meant hospital or Jerusalem?»
I wasn’t a ‘cat person’ before Hadassah. Not at all! I’d visited a friend who had a Persian cat and realized how cool they could be! When I got back to where I lived, there was a little ad in the local paper …it really popped out at me, about kittens, I went to “have a look”, and that was it.
Was fortunate enough to have sixteen years with her. She passed away in 2001, when the kidneys gave in. That was a heartbreak, even though I knew it was inevitable, and I said to myself «never again will I put myself through this!» After a few months, though, I was beginning to think that my home wasn’t really a home without a cat 🙂