One Wise Man

I was told he came from an animal cruelty situation.

I was told to expect him to live another three to six months.

Still you’d never know it to look at him.

At least, not for now.

Mr. Bojangles appears to be one happy gentleman. And he knows what he likes.

Since coming home with me right before Christmas, I’ve learned he clearly wants to be part of the family.

And to find his own place in the sun.

On this fifteen below zero morning, that meant scoring a soft bed on a desk near a well insulated window for a nap.

Occasionally Mr. Bojangles would jump down to stroll through the house, moving with gentle grace as he explored new closets and cozy corners.

Yet his speed would increase whenever I called him or when he heard the already familiar squeak of the door to the kitchen cabinet where his snacks are kept.

He knows that both mean a slow scratch and a tuna treat will follow.

It seems simple gifts bring Mr. Bojangles the greatest joy.

As well as just living in the moment.

And that’s made for one very wise man indeed this holiday season.

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The Cat’s Pajamas

Frigid temps didn’t deter Santa from making a stop here last night with his bag.

My little diva Junie B. was quite pleased and surprised with her festive red and green gift from the jolly white haired fellow.

“But Junie B, aren’t those the cat’s pajamas?” I inquired.

I then detected a soft growl, but she still managed a sweet smile for her photo thank you card for the big guy.

Mr. Bojangles

I spent Christmas Eve four years ago in an empty hospital watching Saturday Night Live reruns with my husband, Richard.

It was always his favorite show.

I held his frail right hand in mine, but found myself smiling.

My husband slept mostly, yet didn’t seem to be in pain.

Richard was in hospice at the time and wasn’t expected to make it until Christmas Day.

Though my mind was sometimes on overtime processing a host of decisions and emotions, I still found something beautiful about my husband’s hospice experience.

You see I often found myself living in the moment as well.

Maybe that’s why I found myself drawn to go back to see a special hospice cat I met last week at a local shelter.

This dear man will be joining me for Christmas Eve, and for the rest of his days.

The happy cat’s name is Mr. Bojangles, and it seems he still likes to dance.

At least for now.

But of course, I’ll still be there even when he doesn’t.

After all, that’s what life’s all about.

Isn’t it?

One Christmas Cat

“I’m a hospice cat, yet I still have a life to live,
I’m a hospice cat, but I have so much love to give.”

I met a charming new friend last Friday evening as I dropped off my year end donation at the local animal shelter.

He was resting not far from the front desk as if he was waiting just for me.

I was saddened some as I saw on a nearby sheet of paper that he was a hospice cat.

And he was estimated to be only about eight years old.

I knew I wanted a picture of this special friend to bring home.

I didn’t have a camera, so I grabbed a pencil and found a torn Christmas card envelope inside my bag that I could use to sketch a quick portrait.

Once finished, the two of us spent about a half an hour together visiting.

My friend’s soft purrs seemed to say alot as we played with a shiny red and green ball and a tiny stuffed purple mouse. His sweet face kept looking up at mine, smiling it seemed with his heart shaped nose.

I smiled back.

After a while he looked a little tired.

And it seemed I was as well.

As I opened my bag to put the envelope back inside, I thought to myself how this little cat had opened my heart some on a cold December night.

“Merry Christmas dear one.”

“I’ll be back again soon,” I told him.

“Very soon.”

And I know that’s one New Year’s resolution I will definitely be keeping.