Sunday, 15 June 2008

Storm's Last Hours and a Beautiful Tribute from Ben Vet

(posted by Castle, Storm's loving and devoted brother, photos were taken on the day by my Meowmies).

June 13th 2008...we will never forget that date, it was the date on which we had to say goodbye to our adored, brave, strong and courageous Stormie.  It was the right day to say goodbye; the day before she had managed to eat a little, and still moved around...but she did not eat on the morning of June 13th and she seemed a little bit more tired too, not really wanting to leave our cushion.

Storm relaxing on her cushion

After spending the night with Meowmie L on her bed, Storm and I spent the WHOLE morning on our brown fleecy cushion, with the little square of fleece that we have had since we were kittens,  just snuggling into each other, and the Meowmies by our side, watching David Attenborough wildlife documentaries. Meowmie L must have kissed Storm's little 'X' on her nose about a hundred was, after all, her special kissing place, and the first thing that Meowmie L noticed on Storm when she was a kitten...'X' marked the spot - or should that be 'X' marked The Most Beautiful Siamese Kitten In The World?  I think so.  We shared a last few rays of sunlight together, before the sun moved around and no longer shone through the window on us as we cuddled...

Enjoying our last cuddles

Ben Vet showed up at 1.30pm as promised and gently approached Stormie...who, despite barely moving all morning, recognised Ben and welcomed him to our home by gently raising herself up off her cushion slightly and greeting Ben with a headbump...we spent a few minutes all adoring Stormie, talking to her, loving her...

Ben Vet gave Stormie an injection which relaxed her and as she drifted off to a place where she could start her final journey from, my Meowmies held her, stroked her, kissed her and whispered so many words of love to her...Meowmie J then took me from the room and we both stayed in the bedroom together for a few minutes.  Meowmie L stayed with Storm, holding her, looking into her eyes, and reassuring her that everything was now going to be OK...and as Ben Vet sent Storm on her way Meowmie L cradled her, supporting her head gently and thanked her for being so wonderful and for sharing so many beautiful years with us...placing one final kiss on Storm's 'X' just as she departed.

Ben Vet then said a very emotional goodbye and for the next two hours we spent a very quiet and peaceful time together.  Meowmie L cleaned Storm's little eyes and the small blood spot from her leg where she had the catheter - Storm was very particular about her appearance and Meowmie L wanted to make sure she looked as she would have wished .  Storm looked so peaceful, just like she was sleeping, she seemed relaxed and free finally...she looked quite beautiful.  I washed her ears and her bottom and her back legs for her too, for I knew she could no longer do that herself.

Saying goodbye after Ben helped Stormie to the Bridge...

Nurse Ann showed up on time and was very gentle with Stormie, she too saying her goodbyes through a stream of tears...the Meowmies kissed and cuddled Stormie one last time, and then Nurse Ann carefully wrapped Stormie in her towel and left us...Meowmie L saw Stormie off at the door whilst Meowmie J held me tightly and reassured me that I would be OK.  

Ben Vet made everything so perfect and dignified for us and helped us through one of the most difficult days of our lives.  Along with the love that surrounded Storm, Ben's knowledge and care (and that of his colleagues) also helped Stormie live up to the name The Furry Fighter...and helped her win her fight against this illness...she did not lose the fight, it was just time to go, her body was tired.

Here is Ben Vet's tribute to Storm, which he left in the comments for our post dated June 11th 2008..the day we found out we were to lose a very dear and special family member very really sums up what a special girl Stormie was, and how she should be remembered...she is missed greatly and the tears are still flowing...there is a massive Storm-shaped hole in our lives right now but we know that over time it will get filled up and eventually overflow with beautiful memories of our gorgeous little Stormie.  

From Ben Vet....

On Friday I had to perform one of my most important and yet most difficult tasks as a vet – to send Storm on her way, to prevent such a special cat from suffering.

I have so many great memories of Storm, from the very beginning of her illness when she went home just in time for Christmas (2006).

She was always such a pleasure to treat – she behaved for every blood sample, iv catheter, tablet, ultrasound and xray. She never hissed, scratched or bit, but was so tolerant – understanding even – of everything that we did for her.

The most surprising of all was that, when she was receiving intravenous chemo, she would stay completely still as long as she could hide her head under her blanket. This became a bit of a ritual: We’d get everything ready for the treatment – drugs, catheters, gloves, masks and… Storm’s blanket.

Storm’s meowmies’ dedication was unparalleled and the only factor in any decision was always Storm’s well-being.

Storm was loved by not only her meowmies, but also by every member of our vet Practice (and countless others too, I’m sure). We’ve been very sad since Storm’s passing – not for Storm, because I’m convinced it was the right time for her to leave us – but for her meowmies’ loss and our loss. There has not been a dry eye in the Practice over the last few days and my friends and family who’ve heard so much about her were very sad too.

So, on Friday, we said goodbye to an old friend, a beacon of feline fortitude and a cat that has touched so many lives. We gave her the gift of freedom from suffering and of dignity. And that is how she left us - very calmly, understanding even, that we were doing the very best we could for our dear, beloved Storm.

I will always remember her,

Storm's last portrait just before she went to The Bridge


Poppy Q said...

Oh that was a beautiful special post about our precious Storm. I am glad that she got to leave for the bridge surrounded by her loving family and her kind vet Ben.

We will miss you Stormie, but know that you were tired and ready to go. We hope you get to join all our special friends who have gone before.

I will never forget you sweet friend.

Poppy Q

Anonymous said...

Goodbye dearest little Stormie...I miss you so much, things feel very different without you...we will look after your beloved Castle and make sure he is OK for you...and you will live on in our memory for eternity...there is just not enough words or time to explain to you just exactly how much I love you...I think you knew though, you always forgave me for giving you your medicine...and you showed me love right to the very end. You are the Meezer I always dreamed about sharing my life with...goodbye Precious girl...we will meet again one day xxx

Parker said...

We had prayed very hard that Storm's journey would be peaceful. Clearly, God answered everyone's prayers and she peacefully left surrounded by love.
That was the most beautiful post. The photos are both breathtakingly lovely and heartbreaking. She was gorgeous to the very end.
I cannot imagine how difficult these past days have been for you. Please know that you have been in our thoughts and prayers.
We are so very sorry for your loss.
Our love to you and to sweet Castle.

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

That was unbelievably touching. I feel for you all and am so happy Storm went to the Bridge peacefully and surrounded by all that love. I just went to see my grandmother yesterday for probably the last time so this post was so very touching.

Love to all of you.
Danica, Goldie and Shade's PM

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that darling Stormie's passing was peaceful and she was surrounded by love. That's a very touching post from Meomie and also from Ben Vet.

Sunny's Mommy said...

Thank you for sharing her last hours and photographs. It is very touching. I also want to thank you for Storm coming to say goodbye. It meant a lot to me.

She is such a special, beautiful girl. I have cried many tears since Wednesday. I know for all of you it is so much worse, as you don't have her physically with you any longer. And that makes me sad, too. All of you are in my thoughts.

Jimmy Joe said...

Oh, Meowmies and Castle, we are all teary-eyed here over Stormie's bittersweet last day with us. She was a true hero, and we will miss her forever. We are sending you healing purrs and furs, knowing that you have an empty space in your hearts and homes now.
Your buddy, Jimmy Joe

Nomi said...

This has brought the tears on again ! They haven't been too far way these past days and I have been thinking of you all. It is very courageous of you to post this final beautiful tribute to your darling Stormie. Seldom can a cat have invoked such love and admiration amoung so many people, over such vast distances. Stormie will live forever in our hearts and memories. Sending you my love and purrs.

Black Cat said...

I have just found out the news of darling Stormie's journey to the Rainbow Bridge and am crying and crying after reading Wednesday and Friday's posts. She was a wonderful cat and I know you have many happy memories of her which will bring you comfort. My deepest sympathies to the Meowmies and Castle and Ben Vet and Nurse Ann and everyone who loved her. xxx

Mickey's Musings said...

I am so happy that Storm's last hours were so loving. I wish every creature could have such a gentle, sweet departure.
Even though it was her time to go,I still miss her. I wish......
Storm has touched our hearts and we are SO happy we got the chance to share a bit in her life. We are proud to call her FRIEND.
That was a lovely tribute by BenVet too :)

Purrs Castle,you will be lonely. We will do our best to keep you company .
For now,we just need to cry a bit.

Purrs & Headbutts,
Mickey,Georgia & Tillie& the Mom


Rosemary B❤️ said...

Oh this is such a beautiful story today. I am pouring tears right now and I can hardly type. I am not strong.
My heart is still sad.

I will return later.
good-bye sweet Stormie
I miss you already.

Ann (bunnygirl) said...

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and heartbreaking day with us.

Gotta go get a kleenex now.

Daisy said...

That is the most beautiful and touching post I have ever read. Thank you for sharing Stormie's wonderful life with us. I feel very lucky. Even though the tears are flowing again, I am trying to be brave and smile, because I know Stormie would want us to be happy. My heart is bigger for having known Stormie.

Lux said...

I can only repeat what others have said. This post was amazing. I appreciate your sharing with us Storm's beautiful last hours, and I'm so glad she was so very loved.

How beautiful she is!

The Misadventures Of Me said...

We just wanted to come by to leave some (((((((((( HUGS )))))))))) for Castle and Meowmie's J and L.

Many headbutts and purrs coming your way.

Sabrina, Sam and Simon said...

We are so glad you shared Sweet Stormie's last moments and the beautiful pictures with us, as well as the beautiful tribute from Ben Vet. Stormie was such an inpiration to every kitty and person that knew her. Our Momma had compose herself for a while before she could type this for us, because we were all crying so hard. Meowmie L, Meowmie J and Castle, you are always in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time ...
Sabrina, Sam, Simon and Momma Jan

Jans Funny Farm said...

That was a lovely post about Storm. She was greatly loved and we know she is greatly missed. None could ask for a more peaceful journey.

Castle's devotion to Storm is evident in their photos. We know he is grieving too. Our purrs, prayers and tail wags are with you all.

Tyler said...

Having just sending my own girl off to the Bridge, I am off course leaking all over the place. I'm so happy that Storm's experience was so filled with love and was so peaceful.

I miss my own girl so much that I can only imagine how you all must be feeling. Thank you for your comments on our blog. They've meant a lot.

I hope their both frolicking together in their healthy beautiful bodies.

I've gotta go hug a few kitties right now who are upset that I'm again bawling.

Healing thoughts,
Lynn/Tyler's mom

Boy said...

That's such a beautiful post. Storm weft a huge storm-shaped hole in our hearts too and we will always wemember deawest Storm.

Carolina Cats said...

Many hugs & purrs from us to Meowmies, Brofur Castle and all who loved and took care of Miss Storm.

We are better cats and beans for having known Miss Storm.

Thank you for sharing her with us.

Finny Buddy Jasmine & Mom

Gemini and Ichiro said...

Oh you made my person cry.

That was such a beautiful tribute to the Storm's wonderful spirit. We all wish we could have known her.

We have been thinking of you all weekend--and please tell Ben Vet we wish all vets were as wonderful as he.

Tara said...

A lovely, gentle day for a lovely, gentle cat. Stormie was so lucky to have such a wonderful, caring family. She is in a better place, it is hardest on all of you remaining. You are in our thoughts and purrs. Time will make the hurt easier, and the memories more glorious.


Moki The Wobbly Cat said...

Thank you so much for sharing this posting with us. It was just beautiful. We love you Storm and hope you are rejoicing in a life without pain.

The biggest of purrs and headbutts,


The Whiskers and Purrs Gang said...

Dear Castle,
That was a beautiful post. We never got to meet Storm, but we know she is watchin' over all of us now in heaven.

Thank you so much for sharing.

Very truly yours,
The Whiskers & Purrs Gang

Cat Street Boyz said...

With all the love sending you over the bridge, we know you had a safe journey. Friday afternoon, candles were flickering here to light your way sweet Stormy. We all will miss you, beautiful blue eyed girl, with love, The Cat Street Boyz

michico*Adan*Lego-小芥*阿丹*樂高 said...

My tear falling again....I am so glad and honored could attend this beautiful frighter's last journy, I am so so proud and with my respect heart.
This is the most beautiful post I have ever seen, Castle...I am so grateful you are keeping cuddle with Stormie, you are the best brother in the whole world....

Dear Storm, You make me really brave and strong, thank you for always giving me strength when I think of you. I believe there are many wonderful lovly kittens are there giving you a warm happy party, you may live happy ever after there. I will give you my very surprise visit one day.


Mr. Echo said...

What a beautiful goodbye. I can hardly imagine how joyful the reunion will be.

We love you Stormie!

Echo and Tenny

PB 'n J said...

Mommy can barely see to type - her eyes are laking so badly. The pictures and post were so beautiful. We know it's all for the best and Storm is healthy and whole once again.

We know she is across the bridge, just waiting for the day when you all can be a family once more.

Purrs and Hugs,
Pearl, Bert and Jake

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

Castle, We've shed so many tears for your sweet sister we didn't think there could be more.
So sweet, such a good brother. Such a loving family. Thank you and your Meowmies for sharing this day with us.
We will miss her terribly, but know she is in a good place now, pain free.
~ Maggie Mae

Katiez Furry Mewz said...

Storm was so beautiful all the way to the end... And Castle adored his furry sweetheart.

Ain't nobuddy gonna tell me that Animals don't have souls.

I know bettur...they have baby souls.

Katie Kat
and hur babeez.

Katiez Furry Mewz said...

oooh do cums by and lissen to da video we gotted just fur your Mawmees, dear Castle... You mite have ta coax dem.

Weze knoh you knoh wehr Sister iz and youze gonna see hur... Weze help you purr cuz its hard missin your love buddy.

Bootsie Woo and Katie Too.

Anonymous said...

What great courage you have to leave such a beautiful post while you're grieving. Thanks for sharing this intimate story. May you have some relief from your heartbreak soon.

MaoMao said...

What a beautiful, sad, and poignant post. The tears are flowing again, but at the same time I rejoice in such love: what a lucky girl Stormie was to have had the love in her life that she did, what a lucky girl to have gone on her journey surrounded by so many who love her.

You are such a wonderful brother, Castle, and Stormie was such a precious kitty with profound grace and dignity. I know she will be sorely missed, and my heart goes out to your family at this difficult time.

I'm sure your precious memories of Storm are comforting you and your Meowmies. Love is the bright flame that lights the deepest recesses of grief. And love lives forever and ever and ever.

Love and hugs from me, purrs from the Ballicai, my best regards and deepest respect,

The Ballicus Mom.

Karen Jo said...

This is such a wonderful post. I am so glad that you were able to tell us about Storm's last hours and how she went to the Bridge surrounded by such an outpouring of love. My heart is breaking for your loss, but you have so many wonderful memories. Storm was such a special cat.

Felix, Garfield & Jawsy said...

It is our honour to be able to share in Storm's final hours, thank u Castle and Meowies.
Our eyes are leaking again but we take heart in the wonderful memories that will live on forever.
Our purrs and hugs,

HRH Yao-Lin said...

oh me and the human are blubbing like babies. That is the most beautiful post and ben vet's comment is so perfect. We cant stop balling our eyes out.

What a beautiful post. So fitting for her. That was the most dignified end and she was so brave. She is still the most beautiful siamese cat in the world and she always will be.


Spooky said...

What a wonderful tribute to a special cat and her life. Ben Vet and Nurse Ann were so special for making sure that Storm's life transition was handled with dignity and understanding and love. Castle, you were a devoted brother and cared for Storm as you knew she would want.

I don't think I can add anything else - Treater's eyes are leaking so much that she can't take any more dictation today.

Blessings to all of you who loved Storm.

The Furry Kids said...

What a beautiful post. We are glad that Storm got to go to the Bridge in such a beautiful way - surrounded by those who loved her most. We will miss her greatly, but we are so proud and thankful that she was our friend. Hugs and purrs and headbumps to all of you. Castle, we hope you are doing ok. We know how hard it is when a sibling has to go to the Bridge.

Ramses said...

Well we're still a little weepy here too, especially when we read Vet Ben's wonderful tribute to the lovely Storm! It just shows you what a fantastic girl she was to have touched so many hearts in such a deep and profound way... Little Isis pulled herself together well on Saturday morning and went to her first show with My Mummy and the family and did her best impression of "The Most Beautiful Siamese in the World" or in her case Abyssinian and came home with 5 rosettes that are all the colour of Storms lovely eyes! :) Other than that much cuddling and eating of chicken has happened here, all things Storm would have greatly approved of I'm sure! :)

Thinking of you at this time...


PS: I think that FAB have a Vet recognition award thing you could nominate Vet Ben for. He certainly cared for her and you all until the very last and made her passing dignified as her life was...

Angel Junior, Orion and Sammy said...

Thank you for sharing Storm's last day with us. We are all so touched by the images and Ben Vet's wonderful words. All of our eyes are leaking again.

We are sending all of you hugs and gentle headbutts.

Mr. Hendrix said...

What a lovely tribute. We don't even know what to say. She was loved and admired by all and that is a credit to her Meowmies too.
We are glad Castle was with her and she was surrounded by all who loved and respected her.
She will be missed. Sending you many comforting hugs and thoughts.

Mr. Chen and Ollie said...

We did not know Stormy very well but she was obviously a brave and dignified lady kitty. Our mommas eyes are leaking and we are very sad for those Storm left behind but we will all see her again someday... Much love and purrs to you all.
Mr. Chen & Ollie

Rosemary B❤️ said...

I loved the beautiful x on you.
I kissed the screen on Stormie's beautiful face.

I know your weariness and sadness.
Take good care of yourselves, okay?

Reading this post over again made Blizzie and mom and me cry all over again.

Thank you Castle and meowmies for sharing. Never forget, you are loved.

Princess and Rosemary and Blizzie

Jans Funny Farm said...

We dropped by to inquire how all of you are doing. And especially to ask about Castle, since he was so close to Storm. We send purrs, prayers and tail wags.

The Lee County Clowder said...

We have a hard time with this ourselves. We cannot imagine how you all are feeling.

Castle, Meowmie J, Meowmie L, we are purrrrring for you all.

Ben Vet, Nurse Ann, if you ever read this, thank you from us for helping Stormie, especially at the end, and for just being who you are.


Bubbles said...

We don't know what to say. We've lost our words, but hope our hard purring helps a little...

(((((hugs))))), love and purrrrrrrs,
Karl & ruis

michico*Adan*Lego-小芥*阿丹*樂高 said...

Dear Castle and Moewmy,

Just come by and give you 2 big hugs.
Wishing you doing fine, just have lots of things has to be done, Purr and purr to you both~

Best Wishes
Adan * Michico

Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful post we have never seen. How lovely and sweet Storm looked even until her last day before leaving for the Bridge. We know she is romping through meadows, chasing butterflies and looking down occasionaly to thank you for loving her so well.

Parker said...

I just wanted to send Castle and the meowmies some smooches and hugs today.
We are thinking about you...

Kaze, Latte, & Chase said...

Castle thank you so much for telling us about her last day. We've been thinking about all of you very much and we're happy to know that Storm had a peaceful trip and everyone got to say goodbye.

How are you doing Castle?




Thank you for sharing one of the most moving and beautiful posts I have ever read. What a fitting release for Stormie....

Hugs and purrs

Abby, Boo, Ping, Jinx, Gracie and Mom Debra


Weep not for me though I am gone
into that gentle night.
Grieve if you will, but not for long
upon my soul's sweet flight.
I am at peace, my soul's at rest
there is no need for tears
For with your love, I was so blessed
for all those many years.
There is no pain, I suffer not
the fear now is all gone.
Put now these things out of your thoughts,
in your memory I live on.
Remember not my fight for breath
remember not the strife
lease do not dwell upon my death
but celebrate my life.

Constance Jenkins

jamie said...

To the Meowmies: I am so sorry for your loss. This post was filled with all the love and respect that you have given Stormie all her life, and have now given her in her peaceful death. What courage you have all shown. I know your hearts are breaking.
To Castle: I know you are also grieving. But remember you still have an important job. Loving on your meowmies and purring and headbutting all you can. You will all feel better if you do this job well.
To Ben Vet: Thank you for being what every vet SHOULD be (but many times they are not). Should you ever decide to relocate, PLEASE come to Ft Worth, Texas :) Thank you for honoring a furry fighter the way you honored Storm. What a gift to her and the Meowmies.
To all of you: God Bless, take good care of each other.
((((((HUGS))))) RIP Stormie

Charlemagne and Tamar said...

We are so moved by love that surrounded Stormie on her journey and we are honored that you shared those treasured moments with us. Storm was an amazing, wonderful kitty whose life touched so many (including us).

Thank you, Castle, for sharing this with us and thank you to the Meowmies for being an inspiration to cat parents worldwide. Thank you as well to Ben Vet and all of the people at his office for showing such care and compassion.

We will miss Stormie very much and send purrayers and cuddles to help you, Castle, and your Meowmies. We know it won't help fill that Stormie-sized hole in your hearts, but the two of us (and our momma) want you to know that you are cared for and supported (even from a great distance) while you are grieving.

Charlemagne and Tamar (and Momma Colleen)

Kimo and Sabi said...

Ben VET sounds like a wonderful bean. We really likes da photo of Storm and Castle hugging - you have some lovely photo memories to cherish.

Moki The Wobbly Cat said...

We just wanted to stop by to let you know we have been thinking of you...

Many Purrs and Headbutts,

Moki and family!

judith said...

We are Ben vet's family from Wales and we have been with you all every step of Storm's so brave fight.We are sad for you all because you will miss her, but glad for Storm who not only won the battle, but who is also re-united with all who have gone to the bridge. We will all be re-united one day, I am absolutely sure of that. With love from Yindee, Joe, Henry, Alice, Seth and Malachi cats, and all the Red Dogs (who love the cats) also Roy and Eirwen ( Ben vet's mum and dad) xx

Tybalt said...

How beautiful.

Stormie's last moments were lovely and peaceful and surrounded with love. I wish that every furry could be so lucky. Meowmies L and J, you are both wonderful. Ben wrote a lovely tribute.

Our eyes are still leaking.

Stormie, we miss you, but we know we will see you again.

Stay strong, meowmies and Castle. I am purring very hard for you all.

KXBC said...

We are glad that you are no longer suffering anymore.

Rest well, Storm.

None said...

To a beautiful siamese girl, a furry fighter. Your presence will be missed; to Tamra and Griffin you are the reversed colored siblings and an inspiration of the perfect life filled with love that any cat would be blessed to have lived. You were liberated from the weight of your long fight which you won straight on and you will always be remembered for this strength. In this time of hardship, we all share tears for Castle and your meowmies.

The Maew Family.

Bubbles said...

Just came by to send you and the meowmies purrrs and let know that you are in thoughts...

Love and hugs,
Karl & Ruis

Robyn Harton said...

Rest well Storm. We'll see you at the Bridge.
We'll help take care of Castle and your Meomies.
All of Us

Jans Funny Farm said...

We read on CB of Storm's final post coming this weekend. We can not thank you enough for sharing this journey with all of us.

Animals know and grieve, so Castle must be having a tough time too. We are thinking of you all.

Rosemary B❤️ said...

Hello meowmies and Castle .
I am still purring for all of you. You are always on our minds and in our hearts.
Purrrs and hugs, Prinnie and Blizzie and Rosemary

Tiger Lily said...

Oh Castle that was beautiful! Mom's eyes are leaking again and she says she knows how much you and your Meowmies miss your lovely Storm. We think of you often and send our hugs and love.

prrrrrrrrrrrrrs and tail wags,
Jemima, Zeke, Sushi, Tiger Lily and Ruckus

Kellykat said...

Everytime I think of Storm tears still come to my eyes but I know she is in a better place now. Thank you for sharing this special moment with all of us. She is gone but not forgotten.

Kelly, Stryder, Scotchy & Sugar

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Dearest Castle! Could you please send me your mommies address to my email kjacks 2 AT charter DOT net. I asked my mommy to make something special so you could remember your dear darling Stormie each day. We would like to send it to you...
Castle I hope you know how much we love you and the mommy. Our hope is that you will continue to share your blog world with us or we would miss you so much.
Big soft hugs to you all from your Miss Peach

Rosemary B❤️ said...

Love and kisses on this Friday.
You are on our minds today.
Love always

Mickey's Musings said...

Hi Castle and Meowmies,
Just wanted you to know we are purring for you today. We think of Storm and our eyes still leak. WE will always love her and miss her.

Purrs & Headbutts
Mickey.Georgia,Tillie & the Mom

Mr. Hendrix said...

we want to let you know we're thinking of you especially today. puuuuuurrrrrrrrrrsssssss

Alexi said...

We are all blubbering again. We are so glad that Storm was at the Bridge to greet dear Evita

Unknown said...

What a sweet farewell. Absolutely moving, Castle.