Forever in our Hearts
Skylar and Lydia came into our lives in the summer of 2005, even before Tabby and Carbon did. Skylar actually came into Mommy's life two years before that, while she was gardening. He wandered over and started eating a cherry tomato that was on the ground! Mommy laughed and called him over, petted him, and found out his name from his collar tag. He lived with the Rich family, who had just moved in across the street from Mommy. For a while after that, Skylar would garden with Mommy and walk her to and from the bus stop, greeting her as she came home from work as well. She met the Rich family and became a kid-sitter for their daughter. She also met Lydia, Skylar's littermate sister, who at that time was much shyer around people than Skylar was.
When their family had to move across the country and leave the kitties behind, it was decided with a lot of tearful farewells to have Mommy adopt Skylar and Lydia because, as Mrs. Rich said, "Skylar has already adopted you." It was totally true! Later on, Lydia adopted Daddy as her person and Skylar adopted a second person, Mommy Erin. Lydia became the Big Kitty (alpha cat) of the household, and reigned supreme until her death, at which point she appointed Rori as the next Big Kitty. Skylar was everyone's favorite uncle, teaching the kittens, playing tails, wrestling, and generally enjoying life. Even as he aged and got sick, he still loved begging for food with his Siamese yowl and playing with straw wrappers and strings.