Thursday, November 15, 2007

Party favor

Yesterday the vet's office called to let me know Maggie's ashes were there to be picked up. I don't know why, and some of you will think this is silly, but I just couldn't let her be taken away and burned in a mass cremation. I thought she deserve slightly better than that. So, this afternoon I went out to get her cremains, expecting the ashes to be in a small box or a bag or an envelope or something. After all, she was a small cat, there couldn't be that much to pack up. What I received was unexpected:

Yep, they gift wrapped my cat. They even used pet themed tissue paper and a little gift tag shaped like a cat with Maggie's name on it too. Martha Stewart couldn't have done it better if she had cremated my cat. I was actually a little afraid to look inside. When I did, I found the container for her ashes was a bit less gaudy, but no less fancy. A cedar box with her name carved in it. Now, I have seen human cremains twice before in my life, and they did not come in boxes as nice as this. I think the box they put my grandfather in had previously held shoes. It was not meant to be displayed as a tchokche. Maggie's box is something we could put on the mantle. I can see it now: "Oh, what's in this box, Libby? It's lovely." "Well, thank you, it's the ashes of our dead cat." People already think I'm strange. I think that might push me into "over the edge crazy, she probably talks to plants" territory. Also, I don't want Maggie to be a conservation piece. She didn't like being around lots of people, and she hated sitting still. She may be gone, but I think she still would be pissed to know any part of her was trapped in a box, especially one that could easily be passed around a cocktail party.

So, I think I will stick to my original plan for Maggie's ashes, when I thought they would come in a plain brown wrapper. I am going to scatter them in the front garden, near the plant she loved to hide in and chew on. Evey time I look at it I will think of her.

Now I just need to find someone named Maggie who wants a really pretty jewelry box. But I will have to find new gift wrapping. The words "pet cremation service" on this one might give it away.


jon deal said...

Also, might be best not to let the "new" Maggie know that her nice, lovely new jewelry box once held the ashes of a cat. :-]

cate said...

You should just put the entire box under your bed where Maggie liked to hide.

Logical Libby said...

That is what I did, just now. Thank you, Cate. I love you.

Emily-Ione said...

As per our conversation on Friday.... That is WAY over the top.
I like the under the bed idea.