I live with an orange cat, now, but it wasn't always so. Last time for this blogapallooz-hour, Simon helped me write that post, too, ha ha.
But this time, I will tell you how he helped me after I lost my husband, Harry. Harry always said, "After I'm gone, you'll get a cat. "
Actually, he loved cats, and we would have had a cat or two, but unfortunately there were allergies. This is quite common, and a hairless cat was not a viable solution. So, we enjoyed our friend's and neighbor's cats. My brother and his wife have many cats, too. So, there were cats, but not our own, you know?
I have a vet tech friend who has been more than kind to me since Harry died. We talk about all sorts of things, life and love and buddhism, crows and moonflowers. And of course, cats. I didn't think I could get one, and I told her that. I can barely take care of myself, I said.
When her cat died suddenly, we talked alot, about love and loss, and cats. She got another cat at Anti-Cruelty not long after that.
Because the love doesn't stop, there is only more love, she said. And that's the truth.
One warm September night 3 years ago, she called me. There was a crisis, she had to come over right away. It wasn't what I thought it was, of course. There was my friend at my front door with a cat carrier. Inside the carrier was a large, orange tabby cat, who promptly made himself at home in my kitchen.
"His name is Simon, " she said. "He needs a home, and I thought of you."
Simon had been left at the clinic because his people didn't want him anymore.
How could I say no? I guess we needed each other.
Yes, Simon has been very good company. There is such a sweetness to being awakened by a cat. It is not the same, of course, but it is love, too.
And now, I share the love with others at the Animal Care League in Oak Park, working with the cats there. Sometimes, I help people find a cat (or two) to share their lives with. Because the love doesn't stop.
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