Farewell to A Broadcaster's Best Friend
By Rebecca Coates Nee
The call came on a blustery Saturday night in Boise, Idaho.
A sales rep had
found a kitten, wandering through the snow - lost, lonely
and confused. Did
any lost, lonely and confused souls in the newsroom want to
take him home?
I accepted the offer - a monumental commitment for a 27-year-old
stay in one place long enough to let the ink dry on a contract.
I named him
Rocky because he had a penchant for swatting at the air and
bottles. And it was, after all, the 80s.
Together, Rocky and I endured two stations, three states,
ten moves, four
shift changes, seven news directors and an undisclosed number
visitors. Some Rocky let inside - others he growled and hissed
at until they
ran away. His judgment always proved better than mine.
So, after 14 years, it took a torn heart and all the courage
I could gather
to give the final word to Rocky's vet. Five days of IV therapy
reversed apparent kidney failure and Rocky's overall misery.
alive was for my sake only, not his.
Knowing but still denying that our unique bond was ending,
I hastily arranged
for child care and restructured my To Do list so I could spend
moments with my faithful friend.
I planned on staying for 15 minutes, which turned into 30,
then 45 and 1 hour.
I fed him with my fingers and reminded him about all the traveling,
and napping we had done together.
As I headed home, not sure if I would ever see my beloved
buddy again, I
wondered when I had last given Rocky a whole hour of my undistracted
attention. Certainly not in the past five months, since I
became the mother
of a human child. And maybe not in the last five years, after
gave up his side of the bed to my new husband.
I also wondered when I had last given my daughter a full hour
of myself -
free from mentally planning my next task, talking on the phone
email. I questioned the same about time I had granted my husband
Quality time has become an overused term but an underutilized
about whom you've been neglecting in your life and give them
an hour of
yourself - free from distractions. Let them know how much
they mean to you
now. Don't wait until it's time to say goodbye.