Good-bye to Momo

We sent our cat, Momo to heaven today. He had been with us for 14 years. He had a kidney failure. I just could not afford the treatment and knew that it was time for me to let him go.

We moved to North Carolina in 1998, and I was pregnant at the time . One day I met this curious orange cat. He was actually my neighbor's cat. He came to my door step everytime I came to the door in the morning. I started feeding him outside for a few days, move the bowl closer and closer to our door. Then one day I invited him inside of our house and kept him ever since.

My neighbor had another cat and dog and did not seem to care. I named "Momo" which means "Peach" in Japanese. He kept me company when my husband had to work for night shift.

Momo was very healthy and did not give us any problem. He was very calm and friendly but did not like children much. He always came to our bed and slept between us at night.

I hope he had a happy life with us.

Last couple of days, I could tell he did not feel good. Since our doctor has already talked to us about putting him down. We decided today was the day.

Momo was excited in the car on the way to the vet. He was by the window and looking around.
Yes, it was a heart-breaking to let him go.

After a few min when he received the 1st shot, he was leaning to my husband arm. We laid him down on his blanket, but his eyes were opened. We told him how much we loved him. And when the doctor gave him the second shot, it only took a min or two until his heart stopped. He was gone.

Momo was a trooper.

He weight was 15 lbs last year. Today he only  weigh 7 lbs.

We love you, Momo. We will see you in heaven.



I was born and raised in Northern part of Japan. I was raised in a very traditional Japanese family. 

I wore my 1st wedding dress when I was 6. My marriage was arranged by Japanese tradition. Uh...just kidding. It was a school play.

I went off to college and lived away from my parent but somehow I ended up with a traditional Women's University in Tokyo. There were so many rules and regulations to follow.

And I decided to stay 2 more years to work there as a dorm manager to save money for my future. Let me tell you, it was painful to live with so many women. I could not wait to get out of my 2-year contract.

I used my out-going personality and not so good English skill to work for a German bank for several months, then I was hired as an administrative assistant for TMO at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo. In my 20s, I worked and played hard like there was no tomorrow.

I met my husband when I was 27 through my roommate. We got married 2 years later and move to his hometown in North Carolina.

My hometown, Rikuzentakata (Iwate Prefecture) was destroyed by Tsunami in March 11, 2011 but my parents and brother survived. My father is on the right in the picture below. Admit it, I do have a nice looking family.

I have two boys who once wanted to become next "Jona's Brother". Well, they are now 13 and 10 and realized that they need a backup plan for their future other than singing.

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