Today is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day. A day when we remember our beloved pets who have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.
I met Cici first in the autumn of 1991. I was living in Jerusalem at the time in a tiny one room flat on Geva Street in Nachlaot. I had friends over for the weekend and as there was little room in my flat and we spent much of the night in the courtyard. A small sandy and white cat wanted to be our friend, and was rather persistent about it. I found it a tub of cottage cheese and it hungrily gobbled it up. I’d always loved cats, but at that time did not have one of my own. Still there were plenty of street cats in Jerusalem. Some (like my little visitor) were friendly and begged for scraps.
The next Cici came back. I called her Cici because she responded to the si-si-si sound. But Cici had to stand for something, right. I assumed because of her coloring she was a boy – so Cici became Cecil. Later when I discovered she was a girl, Cecil became Cecilia!
She was the inspiration behind my story, Cecilia’s Tale (published in the anthology, Flash it!), and the character of Cici in Vodka and Watermelons (Fauxpocalypse, Will There Be Watermelons on Mars?) And is now making an appearance in book 3 of P.A.W.S. (Maze of Shadows – coming out sometime in 2016).
When I moved to the States, Cici came with me and lived in North Carolina, New York and finally St. Louis. In her later years she slowed down until finally sixteen years after she first visited my courtyard in Nachlaot, she passed over the Rainbow Bridge.