Big thanks to Debra Dickey for serving as today’s guest contributor and for another kitten post!
I didn’t know it yet, but He was creating, protecting, and instilling a spirit of trust into the sweetest, funniest, prettiest little long-haired yellow kitten that I have seen in a long time, just for me, even before I knew how much she was going to mean to me. She was born late last summer, the only one in the litter. Her mom raised her in my carport, cared for her, taught her lessons, kept her safe, and shared her with us all fall. When she was older, she would come and go with her mom, then soon she was following her whole cat family to the places they go to find shelter and be warm, in the barns and sheds, or playing with the other cats high atop piles of tires and equipment that are close by. I called her my little ball of sunshine.
Considering that all the cats around my house are purely outdoor cats and not the least bit interested in people except for food purposes, I never expected that this one would be any different! But one day, while the weather was yet warm, as I was going into the house, the little furry thing ran inside, and began exploring. She didn’t go far, and she didn’t stay long — I think she was reconnaissance! But she was cute and playful, rolling on the rug to be petted and cuddled, so I did. Soon her mom was peeking in the back door, meowing for her to come out, not that the little one was particularly concerned, but after a time, she was ready to leave and return to her mom’s watchful care, only to occasionally dash in whenever the door happened to be open if she was around. But most of the time, she seemed more happy outside than in.
However, when the temperatures dropped to very cold and brought along snow, her attitude changed very quickly. She knew right away exactly where she wanted to be — inside! By now, she and her mom have both become content with longer periods of her being on her own, so on the coldest of those days when I went to work, I left her inside and she did quite well. . . by that I mean, nothing tipped over or broken! Still, not being used to that much ‘alone’ time, on those days she was always really ready for me to come home so she could escape back to her natural habitat. But, on the weekends now, when I am home and momentarily idle, her favorite pastime is being curled up with me on the quilt I keep in my chair, and there she will blissfully sleep all the day long.
The background to her felicitous and sunny appearance being so providential is simply stated: mid-November through the first part of January in my life was a pretty bleak patch for me. The loss of our second cat during the holidays, then only a couple short weeks later, add to that a terrifying mind-numbing six day emergency situation; numerous and challenging technical issues due to freezing weather, incredible exhausting illnesses; treacherous accident-waiting-to-happen driving conditions on ice-slicked roads; and one more family crises looming on the horizon, and you will have the brief three-week- time-span highlights that were going on in my life. You see, He knew I was going to need her cheerful distraction…. at that precise moment in time … to lift my spirits…. user-friendly …. couldn’t have asked for anything better … she was just the right one-size-fits-all expression, a unique and timely Gift, Perfectly given. Yes, her little funny face, her silly kitty antics, and her sweet nature, wrapped in this random act of caring, have stolen my heart. Just a coincidence? Not at all.
These days, she has become a permanent fixture in my life, a totally spoiled rotten fuzzy ball of Velcroed-to-my-slippers fluff, sometimes annoying, but mostly lovable. I look for her every day, she also looks for me. She’s quite independent — coming and going at her leisure, staying in at night, or not, eating on demand, romping through the house, then sleeps where she pleases. She makes me laugh; she too often wakes me before it’s time; she asks for very little, yet she gives much in return. She loves unconditionally. She affectionately fills the hole that only He knew would come to exist. We call her umm, him, Stinky 🙂 .