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Padikay and Kitty-Who-Is-Not-My Kitty Have a Chat

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

October 8 2019

October 8 2019

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?

Taking Advantage

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

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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
Alfie"



One of Kitty's favorite spots to play

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Kitty plops on my feet any time she can.

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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

Comments

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 07, 2019:

O my I have responded now for the third time and for some reason not showing up. I love love my Kitty. She has already been fed and is entertaining me now as I try to write. Sitting on the steps is not the best place to write but she insisted. So happy to have this kitty who is almost totally mine now. thanks for stopping to read. Angels are headed your way this morning ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 06, 2019:

She is almost solely my Kitty since time has passed. It delights me to see her peek at me through the window as I raise the blinds each day. She fills some empty places that I sometimes experience. I am lucky too because I get to see my Milo once or twice a week as he lives with my daughter and her family. My grandson Jay sent me a photo of Milo napping this morning. Yep...I am a kitty cat lady for sure. Glad to know another, Shannon. Sending Angels your way this evening ps

Shannon Henry from Texas on November 05, 2019:

Couldn't pass this one up. I'm such a cat person. Can't help it. They're cute and adorable....and even when they're snobbish, they're irresistible. I've got a couple of my own, but your story reminds me of a cat outside here that loves anyone who will pay attention to him, except maybe my puppy that likes to bark at him. He gets enough of that and chases the dog away with his claws.

Anyway, I can understand how this kitty who is not your kitty stole your heart so easily. And I love the way you turned it into an inspirational call to action at the end.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 05, 2019:

She is spayed, thankfully. I so agree that spaying and/or neutering is so important. I am getting traps to trap a momma kitty and her 3 adorable babies that spays and neuters feral kitties which these are...and it is for no charge. I just could not pay to have it done for four. I feed them as they camp out in my back yard but I do not pet them or anything as I will not be able to take them for their procedures if they are tamed. I am looking forward to going soon as they are adorable and it is so hard to NOT pick them up and adore them. Thank you for stopping. Angels are headed your way this evening ps

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 05, 2019:

I hope maybe you and your neighbors can take up a collection to spay her. She is such a beautiful little kitty and spaying will definitely help everyone, not just her. It's lovely that you bless each others' lives.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 04, 2019:

Thank you, Paula, for your kind words My Kitty who is not my kitty is a delight....and I am so thankful for the smiles she brings to my face and heart. It is so precious to see her running to greet me as I back into my driveway. And how cute it is to see her precious face first thing when I open my blinds. Hoping you have a lovely afternoon. Angels are headed your way today ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on November 04, 2019:

Thanks for stopping. Blessed to have Kitty and to have many who reach out to me as well. Angels are headed your way this afternoon ps

Suzie from Carson City on October 30, 2019:

Beautiful Kitty! Great pictures...adorable relationship and a very "inspiring" read. Thanks, Patricia. You always do a fine job! Cheers, Paula

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 30, 2019:

Kittys can teach one alot about humanity.

They definitely do not hide their feelings like humans do.

They are a true joy to have in your life. If you are sad they will make you smile.

I truly miss my kitties.

But yes a lesson in your story to reach out to others is a great value to have in one's life.

Such a wonderful story.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 30, 2019:

You are correct...we are connected even though time and space may separate us. I feel so blessed that I have been shown so many kindnesses along the way and that now I can return them to others. Angels are headed your way this evening ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 30, 2019:

Thank you for stopping, Nell. Just had to stop and take a moment to be thankful is all. My Kitty is such a joy. Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 30, 2019:

Yes she and I have a mutual adoration going on. I am so blessed. She makes each day brand new for me and enables me to share my joy with others. Angels are on the way ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 30, 2019:

Thank you for stopping. Learning to count my blessings more and more each day. My Kitty is a true Godsend. Thank you for the Angels....they are headed your way this evening too ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 30, 2019:

Thank you for stopping to read. I am blessed in so many ways as are the members of my family. And my Kitty brightens each day Angels are on the way ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 30, 2019:

Yes she is, Peggy. I grow more thankful for her everyday. Hugs and many Angels back to you in Houston. ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 22, 2019:

I agree. How can you not love a sweet kitty?? And yes it is so easy to extend a little nicety to others on a daily basis. thank you for visiting Angels are headed your way this evening ps

Lora Hollings on October 09, 2019:

I just love this article, Patricia. The little things that we do for others not only lightens their load but makes us feel better too! We are all connected in a spiritual sense and maybe even in a biological sense too! I love KItty's philosophy and I love yours too. Thank you for sharing your times with Kitty and also your profound thoughts about life and its purpose. Many blessings to both of you!

Nikki Khan from London on October 09, 2019:

What an adorable companionship you and little Kitty have. Your hub is true to heart, we can find so many ways to make others’ lives bit easier, you’re right. It truly gives a smile on your lips and let you feel the joy of helping people.

Blessings my dear!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 09, 2019:

Thank you, Pam, for com8ng back...the same thing happens to me sometimes. I am so enamoured of Kitty. She truly is just what I needed when I needed it. And making someone else's walk is another mantra I am adopting. I so enjoy stopping by your pages because you always share things I need to know. Angels are headed your way this afternoon.We finally got rain...our grass wad crunxhy!!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 09, 2019:

I read this wonderful article and typed a comment yesterday, so Patricia, I must be loosing it. Perhaps I didn't push the post button hard enough.

Anyway, this article made me smile as it was full of such positive energy with suggestions on the best way to live. I have a cat I dearly love as well, so the cat pictures and references were something that meant a lot to me. I love the articles you write as they always touch my heart. Angels on the way to you, Patricia.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 09, 2019:

Hi Patricia,

Given everything that is happening in your life and that of your family, Kitty is a godsend. Most pets are just that. Hugs from Houston.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 08, 2019:

"Lost in the pleasure of making her happy, time slips away and no troubles enter." You're such a kind, caring soul, resulting in personal benefit--a period free from trouble. Thanks for this touching read!

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 08, 2019:

How sweet you are for saying such sweet things. I have had to work at it a bit more of late. But each day it becomes a little more easy to do so. It keeps me outer directed. And Kitty definitely helps. Angels are headed to you and yours this evening ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 08, 2019:

That was exactly the term I thought of as I wrote about our relationship---symbiotic. We both benefit. and hopefully others benefit as we share our smiles and purrs with them. Indeed...God does guide our lives purposefully. Thank you for stopping. Angels are headed your way this evening.

Nell Rose from England on October 08, 2019:

I love what you have said here. We are here for others, and they are here for us. And I love your photos of the cat too.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 08, 2019:

Patricia, I love your walk with Kitty. We can learn so much from animals. The fact that she found you says volumes about the type of person you are. She was dumped. You make her feel, happy, safe and loved. And she does the same for you.

I too, have a couple of strays that claim me and my property as theirs. It makes me feel good about myself and I spread the love. You know what they say, "what goes around comes around".

Thank you for sharing this walk with us. I love that Kitty calls you Padikay!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 08, 2019:

I love that you used kitty to give us such a wonderful, happy message about life. It is not difficult to smile and be kind, then the rewards are great. Your writing made me smile as I read all of your words. Your kitty pictures were also great. Angels coming your way.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on October 08, 2019:

Some very lovely sentiments expressed in this article, Patricia. I'm so glad that you and Kitty have found each other, and that she has adopted you. Cats are so healing to the psyche that I don't understand why everyone doesn't love them. It is so easy to be nice to others whom we meet in our daily life. We may never know when we've made someone else's day.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 08, 2019:

It is humbling to hear kind words from others...especially you who is so gifted with choosing just the most appropriate words. Take care of you all...hope to visit again very soon. More Angels and blessings and hugs and love are headed your way ps

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 08, 2019:

You are lucky to have Kitty, and she is fortunate to have you in her life as well. It was obviously meant to be. You bring sunshine into many people's lives just by being you!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 08, 2019:

What a lovely story, you and Kitty have a symbiotic relationship giving and receiving love. It flows between you like a tranquil stream, not rushed, not hurried. It is a part of Nature. I am so glad that you and she have found one another. It's not by accident. All that God directs has a purpose.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 08, 2019:

I was smiling all the way through this. Such an appropriate message from such a loving woman. Thank you for sharing your walk with us all. I am in complete agreement. It takes so little effort to bring joy into someone's life.

Blessings and love coming your way