I once looked out my kitchen window and saw my mom and neighbor burying my neighbor's dead cat in my garden. The cat was wearing a sweater to "keep him warm in that big catnip plant in the sky." That's why I relate to this story so much in that it also involves parents and a dead cat — kind of.
At any rate, Eric Schmidt's family went on a rollercoaster of emotion.
I mean, that’s the effect family members can have on one another, good AND bad, right? As you’ll see, they made the proverbial lemonade from the lemons life offered up.
Let's start this story with an unfortunate event.
The death of a pet is certainly nothing to trivialize. It’s a cliche to say they’re like family members, but it’s true. They’re with us every day, sharing a home as well as life experiences.
The Schmidt's story starts when the family cat went missing for a day. The family started to get concerned, as their cat (named Kitty) was never gone for that long.
They held out hope, but they knew something must have been wrong. Sadly, they were correct.
Eventually Dad had to text the sad news that their worst fears were true. Kitty the Cat had passed on.
Obviously people consider pets as family, so naturally, everyone was pretty broken up about it. It’s just human nature to feel that way.
Kitty was a seven-year-old Calico, by way of background.
Seven years is a long time to spend with anything, especially a beloved pet. As the text above shows, Mom was taking the news as hard as one would expect.
But the family’s fortune was about to change in a drastic way.