Patricia is someone whose life is centered around family. Each day is one more opportunity to show my loved ones how much they mean to me.
Kitty...supervising me this afternoon
A New Day Begins
Each morning almost before I do anything else I open the blinds to let the day come in to greet me. Usually I find a precious little Kitty face peeking in at me through one of the windows on the east side of my place.
Kitty is not really my kitty. She is a shared kitty that I have come to love. She was dumped in our area so several of us feed and love her. She really does spend quite a bit of time with me and has found that my car is a perfect spot to rest her bones and is also a delightfully cool spot to rest under during her siesta times of the day.
She does love it that I feed her but often I do feel she adores the petting that I do as much if not more than the food she receives.
Her little head pops into the door way when I open the door to go out. She knows her boundaries though and very rarely has ever come inside.
Is this Kitty's car?
During the times we do take advantage of each other, we have an unheard-by-others way to communicate our deepest yearnings and thoughts.
Yes we do. We do take advantage of each other. Kitty relishes each stroke of her fur with my warm hands curling her body around my hands as they caress her. She was not too fond of the strange instrument I took out one day. But as soon as the brush moved gently across her body, she was hooked. Now she will often rub against it seemingly as a hint for me to pick it up and get busy. So she does take advantage of me.
But I am guilty too of 'using' her. When I see her race across the yard when I open my door throughout the day, a smile appears on my face every single time it happens.
The calm that washes over me as I pet her is more than welcome and settles any feelings of distress I may feel at the time. Nothing else exists just then. Lost in the pleasure of making her happy, time slips away and no troubles enter.
Kitty adores HER chair
What's it all about, Alfie? Lyrics
"What's it all about, Alfie? Is it just for the moment we live? What's it all about when you sort it out, Alfie?
Are we meant to take more than we give
Or are we meant to be kind?
And if only fools are kind, Alfie
Then I guess it is wise to be cruel
And if life belongs only to the strong, Alfie
What will you lend on an old golden rule?As sure as I believe there's a heaven above, Alfie
I know there's something much more,
Something even non-believers can believe in
I believe in love, Alfie
Without true love we just exist, Alfie
Until you find the love you've missed you're nothing, Alfie
When you walk let your heart lead the way
And you'll find love any day, Alfie
One of Kitty's favorite spots to play
Kitty plops on my feet any time she can.
Kitty and I
Walking around the yard in tandem with me as I pluck a weed from a flower bed or flower pot (some do sneak in a pot from time to time), Kitty and I continue our visit with each other.
She plops down anywhere she can and preens herself meticulously. After that task is complete she will wind her downy soft body between by legs as I head across the yard. I caution her not to make me fall but those words seem to fall on deaf ears.
She dashes off to inspect an elephant ear or coleus leaf that is dripping with water from a most recent sprinkling with a hose. An errant leaf dashing across the lawn gives her many moments of entertainment. And just let me rake up a pile of leaves and she is as happy as a pig in slops. If you have ever seen that you know exactly of what I speak.
Why are we here?
All of this togetherness time sparks me to say out loud to Kitty: You know we share so much fun together doing seemingly insignificant things together. Insignificant to others perhaps but joyful wondrous experiences that soothe our souls.
And you know. You and your kin and me and my kin. There must be a reason. For so many years, Kitty, I pondered the question of: what's the point....why am I here? Why are we here?
In a nutshell
The reason we are here, dear Kitty, is to make the walk for others easier. That is it---in a nutshell.
Many seemingly little things add up
You know how to do that, don't you? Kitty inquired of me.
Not waiting for an answer I knew what she was thinking:
By making those with whom we come in contact feel valued, of course. To make the walk of others easier, day by day.
It is so easy and asks little of you.
Acknowledge others as you encounter them throughout the day. Just like I do you, Padikay.
Smiles go such a long way.
A friendly greeting can open a door to a conversation even if ever so brief.
Maybe, once in a while, go out of your way to purr, or in your case, Padikay, greeting someone who may just be thoroughly uplifted by it.
It is so easy to make someone else's walk easier.
It asks so little of you and can unexpectedly turn someone's day around.
What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?
— George Eliot
A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.
— Ernest Hemingway
Everyone one of us is valuable
So simple. Asking little of us.
Bringing joy to others.
The bagger at the grocery store, the cashier who may be a bit grumpy, the stock person crouched on the floor stocking lower shelves. Anyone and everyone whose path you may cross, smiling, speaking, nodding can go a long way to brighten someone's day.
Each person we encounter fills an important role and sometimes we are so busy focusing on ourselves that we fail to recognize those with whom we have an opportunity to make a difference.
And so very often that encounter you may have may open a door to a meaningful exchange that makes both of you feel uplifted.
Just a listening ear is often what is needed and wanted.
You can make someone else's walk a bit easier today
We do not need to overthink this whole issue.
Reach out to others and you will be surprised at the result. In your little corner of the world you are making a difference in more lives than you know.
And, now Kitty and I will continue our walk. She has begun just recently to walk with me throughout the neighborhood looking for ways to make this time on our planet just a tiny bit better for others.
© 2019 Patricia Scott