Twinkle ~~ 19
Twinkle of Appreciation
as a sweet gift
Last night my husband and I said goodbye to my “special child”, Whisper. She had a huge heart with the sweetest and most tolerant temperament. She gave me love unconditionally. By nature, she shied away from being in the middle of the group energy emitted by 8 indoor felines and 2 canines (“kittens and puppies” to us). She allowed others to take center stage. As a general rule, she avoided confrontation with them. This interaction with each individual did not prevent her for fulfilling her role as “mother protector”. If she sensed any danger to the other kiddos, she jumped in the midst, fluffy tail and all, to rescue. She taught me to true courage despite being in the state of fear.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
~~ Nelson Mandela
I am thankful she accompanied me to Louisiana for the past 2½ weeks. It allowed me one-on-one time with her without the stress or competition from other feline energies. We cuddled and talked. We shared overflowing love for each other. I thanked her for the lessons and the gifts she bestowed on me and our family in the past 15 years.
As bad as she felt yesterday during the drive back to Texas, she still had enough interest to butt my hand with her head for short spurts of attention. Our long 9 hr drive ended at the Animal Emergency Clinic. Compassion, professionalism, empathy and utmost support was provided to us as we awaited news of tests, discussion of results and the necessary decision.
Today, it is very interesting to watch the “family” dynamics as each fur-child processes the shift in energy, and the absence of Whisper (even though we have already been gone 2+ weeks). No one has stepped paw in her bed — before we couldn’t keep everyone out of it. Each has taken a turn to spend time with me – whether to comfort me or me to comfort them or both.
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