Summer 1997 - July 16, 2015
There will be a lingering melancholy with Ivan's passing. He lived a long happy kitty life and his end was peaceful but other events attached themselves to him because of the passage of so much time. Except for the trees and me and Andy he was the oldest living thing on the farm. He was here when both of us lost our last remaining parent - Andy's dad and my mom - and saw the dairy cows walk out the north barn door onto trucks to new farms. Friends and neighbors moved away or passed on, some elderly and some sadly not. Some of our big machinery has been sold, two silos have been removed. To be sure, good things have happened too - new forever friends have been made, relatives have grown up and had children of their own, happy parties and visits, the sheep flock has expanded and is flourishing..... But he was a tangible link to much that was cherished and now can't be reached in this world.
Rest in peace, Ivan. I'm sure there are lots of hands reaching out to pet you right now.