“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.”
– Jean Cocteau
“A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”
– Ernest Hemingway
This week, we celebrated a special birthday- our beautiful kitty, Delilah, turned 15.
If you know me at all, you know I love my pets. But I don’t make it a secret that I love Delilah most of all. She’s been with me for many years and we have a very, very deep connection.
You sometimes hear stories about how certain pets choose their owners. Delilah absolutely “chose” me- she was claimed by another family, but when I went to look at available kittens, she came right up to me and sat loaf style up against my leg and gave me this gorgeous, beautiful slow blink of her eyes. The next day I got a call letting me know that based on that little exchange, she was mine if I wanted her. And I did. What a gift.
She started out as an “only pet”, and adapted when I added a bird, a husband, more cats, more birds, and then a child into the family. She’s been by my side every step of the way.
She kept me company through many lonely nights in graduate school. She’s sat in many windows, peering out into the darkness waiting for me (now, for all of us) to come home. She quietly moves through the house with her tail up and her nose sniffing. If she gets antsy, she’ll yowl. But not often. She greets us all every morning with drawn-out blinks of her beautiful copper eyes and a quiet calm, unlike the other two cats, who yowl and howl and demand breakfast.
I love this little cat. We all do. We love her little, quiet soul. We love how smart she is.
I love that she loves *me*. My only hope is that she truly gets *just* how much I adore her, how much I appreciate her, how much I love her. I know it may sound a little crazy, but I don’t care. I wish everyone could understand how cool it is to love and animal and have that animal love you back. She’s my best friend and my soul mate and I celebrate every day I get to spend with her.
Happy birthday, MamaDigs (a nickname… don’t ask…)
By the way, I have a new post up at Sprout today. It’s about COLEUS. It’s so exciting that you’ll want to go and read it RIGHT AWAY. (I’m kidding. Sorta.)
By the way, by the way: I *just* found out I won something really great (the Gardenia line- gardening inspired papers, stickers, etc.) from American Crafts, which is probably my favorite brand of crafting/paper art supplies (if you saw how much of their paper and letter stickers I have…) I AM SO EXCITED! Okay, just had to add that!