Your life significantly changed a week ago yesterday. I heard a meowing sound outside the kitchen as I was doing the dishes. I called daddy to check on Merlin, as he usually doesn’t cry outside. It wasn’t Merlin at all. It was a skinny little kitten with matted fur, meowing its lungs out! We took it in. He would not stop eating. Adin and Mathew put signs in all of the neighbors’ mailboxes to see if someone lost a kitten (yea, right!). I knew this kitten was meant to be ours…well, yours I guess, really. I thought it was appropriate to give it a name of Chanukkah, as it came to us during the holiday. I started calling him, “Macabee”. The kitten soon lived up to its name as small as it was; it hammered Jayson’s (our dog’s) head. You guys nick named it “Max”. We decided that if no one responded to the flyers, we’d keep it.
On Friday, we took Max to the vet to ensure a clean bill of health and plenty of shots. Low and behold, no one claimed him. As I was tucking you in that night, you told me that Max was “officially ours”. I started cracking up laughing which in turn made you laugh hysterically. We were both laughing good belly laughs. Finally you asked me, “Why are we laughing?” I asked you, “Do you know what officially means”? You responded, “No!” This made me laugh even harder. You only had repeated what you heard daddy and Adin say, that Max was “officially ours”. You asked me what “officially” meant and I teased by saying, “not really”. I quickly recounted. It means “really, really”. What a relief as we go back to the beginning of the story.
Your life has changed significantly as you have expressed love to this kitten beyond imagination. You care for him so deeply. You are smothering him with love. Pets. Holding him. Feeding. Playing. Cuddling. Sleeping. What an outpouring of affection. It has been incredible to witness the way you nurture this little being. You are so genuinely compassionate; it is very touching. I’m glad that Macabee has found you, as you really changed one another’s life!
And now, February 24, 2016
Like a loving couple, what often happens, one loved one dies and then, soon after, the other passes over. Macabee, who was Maya’s cat through and through since December 2006, left us this evening. He lived for Maya; there was such strong mutual love between them. On a personal note, I did not fully bond with Macabee for all of these years. It wasn’t until Maya passed that I deeply welcomed the love that Maya experienced. So much to share, but for now, raw sadness and tears.