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Topic: The Family Pet (05/15/08)
By Millicent Njue
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We had been longing for a cat for quite some time now. We would all talk about how nice it would be to have one all to our selves. Apart from the wild cats all we saw, we hadn’t experienced having one of our own. It must be fun, we thought. And fun it was. Alongside with it some responsibility too.
From the minute we saw her we all fell in love. She looked so sweet sitting in the box she was delivered in. At last we had one of our own. The children were ecstatic. They held and cuddled her and even sang to her. She took to us almost immediately. Now suddenly we had to be careful not to just sink into the sofa for that was her favorite place.
Within weeks we could see change in her. She had begun to fill out and looked so cute. It must have been from all the loving that she received from everyone. She had eyes that could win anyone’s heart. Coupled with her playfulness, no one could resist her charm. Most of all, she taught us to love.
Soon whiskers was ready to venture to the outside of our house. She took walks around the house and would return on her own. We let her enjoy the sunshine and playing with butterflies and insects. We figured that she needed to exercise her hunting instincts. And she always came back and climbed down the window on to her favorite seat.
Then one day she didn’t come back. We thought that she was having her usual sunbath or occasional hunt. And so we waited for her return. When lunch time came and she wasn’t home we got concerned. What was the matter…did she wander off in pursuit of a butterfly perhaps? And so we waited.
Come nightfall and we were all alarmed. The children tried looking around for her and even asked the neighbors if they had seen her. No one seemed to know her whereabouts. And so we went to bed all sad and hoping that she would stumble back home. We even left her favorite window open. But even in the morning she wasn’t home.
Days turned into weeks and we hadn’t seen her yet. Her feeding bowl sat there, in wait of her to no avail. So did the rest of us. It is difficult to imagine the pain of loosing a pet. She was truly one of us. And we loved her. Sad looking eyes and all.
We are slowly coming to terms with the loss. The children are the hardest hit. We hang on to her memories and talk about her all the time. And thank God for the time we had with her. She brought love into our house and taught us to be selfless as we took care of her. In her, we learnt something about giving of ourselves to draw her to ourselves. She taught us love in a special way.
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