Remembering Ruby: That Time When Ruby Contributed to Science


I am so grateful to have eight years of Ruby’s Reflections to look back on. I remember most of the stories Ruby shared in her very own column, but every once in a while, one comes as a surprise, making me realize how quickly we can forget the small, everyday things after we lose a loved one. It’s one of the many reasons why I encourage people to journal after they lose a cat and write down as many memories as they can. Much as we like to think we’ll always remember, memories fade over time, and capturing them while they’re fresh in our minds is a precious gift to ourselves.

Today’s memory goes back to 2018, when I got an email from a mathematician in Austria who was working on a paper titled “Automated reasoning in elementary geometry: towards inquiry learning.” He found the photo above of Ruby on a ladder during a Google search, and asked Mom for permission to use it in his paper.

Of course, Ruby thought that was incredibly cool, because, as she wrote, “it has to do with being smart, and with helping mankind, and contributing to the greater good!”

Click here to read Ruby’s Reflections: Contributing to Science.

8 Comments on Remembering Ruby: That Time When Ruby Contributed to Science

  1. Allison
    March 11, 2021 at 8:34 pm (3 months ago)

    When I lost my first cat Lucy, I looked back on my journal entries and photos and videos of her. I was dismayed to find how few I had.

    Upon adopting our current cats, I began the habit of a daily journal. I’m not always as faithful as I’d like with my records, but I have filled a few books of memories.

    Sadly, when the day comes I lose these cats, I suspect I’ll feel even those weren’t enough. How do you capture a life on paper?

    Yet I’m so glad for the memories I did record of Lucy. I’m also happy that I’ve posted so often about my current cats.

    Ruby’s life lives on in your blog. She’ll always be remembered.

  2. Eleanor Skibo
    March 10, 2021 at 10:03 pm (3 months ago)

    Ruby was the greatest and when her and her sister, Allegra, started chattering back and forth, it was just hilarious and so amusing. Thanks, Ingrid, for rolling the tape backward in time so we can
    remember Ruby and Allegra, again. Have a good weekend, everyone-stay safe and well and happy and positive.

  3. Timmy Tomcat
    March 10, 2021 at 1:45 pm (3 months ago)

    Such a contribution and it was fun to hear Ruby and Allegras back and forth again. Yes these little balls of fur add so much to life

  4. Will Hodges
    March 10, 2021 at 1:29 pm (3 months ago)

    Ruby was the Einstein of the family. So glad that she could contribute to science!

  5. Sue Brandes
    March 10, 2021 at 10:27 am (3 months ago)

    That is so cool. I wish I would of thought of a journal. I just have memories in my head and lots of photos.

  6. Tammy Banks
    March 10, 2021 at 10:16 am (3 months ago)

    I’d love to see you write a book about Ruby, Ingrid!

  7. Janine
    March 10, 2021 at 8:01 am (3 months ago)

    That is so cool. Ruby is famous. She has touched so many lives and everyone loved her. I like the idea of journaling memories.

  8. Abby F.
    March 10, 2021 at 2:00 am (3 months ago)

    I’m so happy to have my sweet Dawn and Winston today – but I’ll never forget my darling Sammy, Nellie, Mae-Ling, Nonnie, Boots, and the dogs, fish, birds, and turtles I had. My time with my beloved friends varied, but I remember each one and how special they all were. This column spurred me to remember some good times I had with each. Thanks for the reminder!


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