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So, this is a little disturbing.

I'm a longtime reader and fan of PostSecret, a site that every Sunday publishes anonymous secrets mailed in on homemade postcards. I just got around to reading the batch posted this past Sunday, and I was surprised to see that someone had made a postcard using a photograph I or my then-partner—I don't remember which—had taken of Tornado Kitty staring down a General Patton action figure around eight years ago. The fact that someone used this photo I'd posted online isn't what bothers me. What bothers me is the abhorrent secret they superimposed over the photo of my beloved cat, who died four months ago of natural causes.

I'm not especially interested in those kinds of revelations being censored. But I do wonder about the motivation of that contributor in revealing his or her wrongdoing, and about how I can honor Tornado Kitty's memory in the face of that offense.

This entry was originally posted at http://bokunenjin.dreamwidth.org/8269.html.


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Jul. 22nd, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
wwwhhhoooaa... that's creepy.
Jul. 22nd, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
That is very creepy.
Jul. 23rd, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
You've done a fantastic job of honoring Tornado Kitty by telling her story. What she meant to you, where you got her, all of that. None of it has fallen on deaf ears, especially to those friends of yours who regard pets as loving members of the family.

Kim and I lost her wonder-mutt Shadow just over a month ago. She was very old, and her kidneys went bad. Her health went from outstanding to miserable in just two weeks, no matter what solutions I'd tried to slow the fall and keep her comfortable. The loss is still very fresh with us.

Best way to keep them alive? Best way to honor the memory of a lost loved one? Tell their story. Keep their spirit alive with you, and they're never completely gone.

We're planning on planting something - maybe a rose bush, maybe a tree, but something to grow and live for a very long time in honor of Shadow's memory. I don't know if that helps any, but it's what we're thinking about...

And, I too would be bothered if someone took my photo and scribbled some creepy stuff on it that had nothing to do with the subject or anything in it.
Jul. 23rd, 2010 05:40 am (UTC)
That's just horrible! :(

Just wanted to express my sympathy.

Jul. 23rd, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
Ugh, what a horrible thing to have found. Very sorry.
Jul. 23rd, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's a fair bit creepy, especially with the timing.

Unfortunately, I've found that things posted on the internet can take all sorts of unfortunate misadventures.
Jul. 23rd, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
Oh no; how awful. I'm so sorry that that happened to you. That's really creepy. I'd send $20 to a shelter that cares for cats or something. In fact, I will.
Jul. 23rd, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
That's awesome of you. I'm going to donate to the cat rescue organization through which I adopted Tornado Kitty (and my two new cats).

You know, I kept thinking of titling this post something like "humans are evil" or "people suck," but you folks are demonstrating that's far from generally true.
Jul. 23rd, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
If you tell me which one it is, I'll send my donation there as well in Tornado Kitty's name.

The best of humanity often shows up in the wake of the worst, I find.
Jul. 27th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
I've read this a few times now and keep thinking I should comment or say something but am at a total loss for anything useful to say. =(

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