The Tea Chest #1 Bestseller & Goodbye Dear Jasmine

Screen Shot 2014-05-02 at 11.25.47 amLife’s a funny thing. This week started out difficult for several reasons and then gotIMG_2421 really tough, with me having to make the heartbreaking decision to euthanase my cat Jasmine, who was 18 years old, and had been with me since a week before I turned 20. That’s almost half my life. Her loss is very much the end of an era.

She’d been with me from university through relationships, house moves, marriage, miscarriage, a baby, and finally my dream of becoming a career author. And now she’s gone.

And then today, a fellow author alerted me to the Allen & Unwin website. My debut novel, which Jasmine helped me write by sitting in my lap and drooling on my pants till I had to lay tissues down while she purred, has just ranked no. 1 in their Top 10 Bestsellers.

Proud? Yep. In awe? Yep. Grateful? Hell yeah. Sad? Yes, sad too.

It amazes me that really sad and really happy things can happen at the same time. It amazes me that, on my last day with Jasmine, I could lie in bed with her, grieving, and be hungry for goodness sake. Hungry! Like, how could my body just keep going on doing its thing when this really important and special part of my life was ending?

I have no words of wisdom here to share, just an observation that really awesome things and really sad things don’t always happen at neatly scheduled times. Life just keeps dishing stuff up and sometimes it’s brilliant and sometimes it sucks. But I guess there’s always hope that more good stuff is on its way.

I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who has been buying and reading The Tea Chest. Thank you.

And to you, my dear Jasmine, thanks for the company on this crazy journey of life.

Jasmine, Christmas 2013
Jasmine, Christmas 2013
Jasmine in healthier days, off to greet my horse Lincoln
Jasmine in healthier days, off to greet my horse Lincoln

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Shell says:

    Hi Josephine. First of all a HUGE congratulations on the success of your book. No 1! That must be such a dream come true and rightfully deserved as it’s such a beautiful book. I’m so sorry about the loss of your precious Jasmine. When we had to have our dog Sid put to sleep several years back (he was 16 1/2 years old) it was devastating for all of the family. He was my very first dog and we bought him within 3 weeks of buying our first home. For several weeks after he died I would often catch a glimpse of him out of the corner of my eye, walking past our study door as he so often did or hear the soft tinkle of the metal tags that hung around his neck. I didn’t say anything to my husband or kids as I thought they would think I was crazy but then one day my daughter said she often saw Sid and then the rest of them all chimed in with the same thing. This only happened on and off for a couple of weeks but I felt it was his way of letting us know he was ok and would always be watching over us. I’m not sure or your spiritual beliefs, but I’m sure Jasmine will always be around you, inspiring you and you may just find a little pile of drool on your pants the next time to sit down to write and you’ll smile, knowing she’s still with you in spirit.x

    1. Josephine says:

      Thank you so much, Shell. And now that you say that, I HAVE found a couple of wet spots on my office chair! I thought they were from my toddler but you never know 🙂 I’m sure she’s still with me. Xx

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