I’m currently obsessing over a font called BenchNine, but before I get to that it’s time that I just put. it. out. there. My friend of twelve years, ‘Little Love’, is gone and he’s not coming home. I’ve been avoiding sitting down to write this post, even though I’ve thought about it many times. But finally, I think I’m at peace with the fact that he’s gone, so excuse me while I take a trip down memory lane and tell you all about him.
The Story of Little Love
During my first year of college, my best friend/roomate (Jessica) and I acquired two tiny Nebelungs from a guy she was dating. Long story short- this guy basically lived on a farm, and had cats who had kittens, etc etc… It came up in conversation and of course we talked him into bringing them over the next time he visited. The deal was that we were just going to keep them for a week or two at our apartment (which had a no-pet policy), and then give them back when we could no longer hide them. When he arrived with the kitties, they popped out of a cardboard box like Gizmo pops out of his box in Gremlins. They were seriously that cute.
Jess and I were so excited that we bought them each a collar before their arrival- she bought a blue and I bought a purple. (I’m not even going to go into our crazy purple and blue apartment- that’s a completely different story lol). We immediately put collars on them so we’d know which one was for who- they were identical gray fuzzballs and that was really the only way to keep track of them. We named them ‘Koby’ and ‘Kody’, but my ‘Kody’ got nicknamed to ‘Little Kitty’ and a million other things before he was simply, Little Love. We soon moved out of that apartment into a townhouse that allowed pets and it was a bit bigger with more room for them to run.
They soon became hell on wheels- it was like raising children! Which didn’t fit in so well with our party-it-up-all-night-every-night college routine. They were keeping us up when we did actually try to get some sleep- playing chase and knocking things over, running up and down the stairs, and constantly fighting to escape any time someone opened the door. Looking back on it now, it was pretty funny and we did some ridiculous things to try to contain them at night. Most of which failed miserably.
I found him to be unlike other cats I had been around, and we started researching cats to find out what breed he was. I had no doubt that he was a Nebelung when I read the description and saw the photos of the specific breed of cat.
“They tend to bond with a select few humans and stay loving and devoted throughout their lives. Many owners of the Nebelung cat say that they can act more like a dog at times, being extremely loyal to their owner and family. It enjoys sitting in a lap and being petted and will follow its favorite person devotedly from room to room.”- wikipedia
Little Love in ‘Box Adventures’
I will lovingly admit that I was the crazy cat lady- minus the old age and smelly clothes. I sang songs to Little Love on a daily basis, kissed his whiskers and the top of his head, rocked him like a baby, dressed him up whenever possible, and declared that I would never have a child because all I needed was Little Love. And he loved me in a crazy cat way too. Besides purring constantly, he followed me around everywhere and if I was laying down at any moment in time- he was there kneading under my arm like I was his mom or something. It was a bit weird, lol, but I knew he was just showing me love in his cat way. He was truly my best friend, and I loved him more than I thought was possible to love an animal. I probably have more pictures of Little Love than most people have of their closest family member. It was that serious, lol. He moved with me 9 or 10 times through college, graduation, marriage, starting a business, and starting a family. He was a bit jealous when Dax was born, but he eventually warmed up to the extra ‘baby’. I think he eventually enjoyed getting relieved from some of my crazy songs and numerous kisses, lol.
In the last four or five years, I finally gave in and started letting Little Love go outside to play. I trusted that he would not stray, and he never really did. He pulled a few disappearing acts- I think he was missing once or twice when we were visiting my parents, but that was about it. He stayed in the backyard or in the front of our house- under the bushes or on top of my car. And that was it. He would come inside when he was hungry/hot/cold/needed cuddles, and then he went out to enjoy the outdoors. Which is why I was pretty much devastated when he disappeared in July. Many days were spent hoping he would return, putting up flyers, and hoping to hear his scratching at the door- but he never came home.
This was my first experience losing a pet that was more than a year or two old, so maybe that’s why I’m taking it super rough. I’m too softhearted and have realized that this was harder than I thought it would be to just let it go. It’s even hard to look at other kitty photos on blogs, instagram feeds, and facebook! After twelve years of having a gray ball of fur at my heels, it’s odd without him- even though I do have Piper to keep me company. I’m still not sure what happened to him, but I like to think that he died very content and peaceful or better yet- ran off to Vegas with a feline friend. I’ll always remember my Little Love, aka ‘Darling Love’, ‘Little Darling’, ‘Little Lovely’, ‘La-Delle’ (his French name), ‘Littlest Love’, and any variation of the sort. He was awesome, and I miss him every day that goes by. But mostly, I’m very thankful for the twelve years we did spend together.
And Finally, the font…
Now that I’ve finally gotten that out, let’s switch gears and talk about something not so tear-jerking. How about this lovely modern google web font, BenchNine?
I honestly just stumbled upon it, and am using it in a new custom wordpress design I’m working on. I’m loving the versatility is has- it seriously looks great anywhere on a website- header, menu, content, sidebar. I had to limit my use of it!
If you like it as much as I do, check it out along with some of it’s great pairings. Let me know if you decide to use it for a project or website!