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Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)
TITLE: Rainbow The Kitten
By Jacquelyn Horne
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But mother insisted, so Rainbow ran as fast as he could, dodging the hands of the children as they grabbed at him. Tears formed in his sad, gray eyes. It sure hurt being different.
Mother noticed the tears glistening in the sunlight as Rainbow ran to the safety of her caress. As he snuggled into her embrace, she began purring softly, soothing his stiffened body and making him feel loved. <i>If I could stay right here with mother</i>, thought Rainbow, <i>I wouldn’t have to hear the children laugh again</i>. He burrowed up to his dinner, along with his siblings, who didn’t even know that their brother was different.
After dinner, his brothers and sisters went to sleep. Rainbow was sleepy too, but mother wanted to talk. He loved to hear mother’s soft smooth voice. She often told him stories about God. She was so gentle and kind that he almost forgot that the children had laughed.
But that’s exactly what mother talked about! “Why are you unhappy?” mother purred.
“Because I’m different,” whined Rainbow. “The children laugh at me.”
“Children can be cruel sometimes, when they don’t understand,” said mother. “Yes, you look different than your brothers and sisters, but different isn’t bad. You’re a very special kitten. You’re what people call Calico, just like your father. He’s the strongest, bravest tom cat in the neighborhood, and no one dares to laugh at him,” crooned mother proudly.
“But no one will want me for their pet,” remarked Rainbow, still whining. “Everyone who looks at me will see my colors and pick the others first.”
“We don’t have to be first to be important,” mother said sternly. “Someone will want you just because you look different. God made you like you are, and God doesn’t make mistakes.”
Mother began purring softly, and Rainbow fell asleep thinking, <i>I hope mother is right</i>.
Rainbow awoke startled. Hands were lifting him out of his cozy spot next to his black-furred brother. He feared that the children had found him, and he was now their captive. Just as he started to scratch and struggle, he became aware of a feeling of love in the small hands that had secured his tense body. He heard a child’s voice. “Oh, I want this one! He is so cute.”
Now “cute” is not exactly what Rainbow wanted to be, but the snuggles under a soft chin, the caressing hands and the tender voice made him aware that maybe it wasn’t so bad to be cute after all. <i>Yes, I can live with cute</i>, he reasoned.
“Aunt Peggy, this is the one I want,” said the little girl holding him fast to her heart. “He is so special. Look at his colors! He’s beautiful!”
Rainbow reached out and licked the soft little hand that held him tight. He began to feel a kinship to this lovely little girl. <i>She has good taste</i>, he smiled proudly, thinking of his brave father who was somewhere roaming the neighborhood.
Rainbow nestled in the soft lap of Aunt Peggy’s niece while the adults made arraignments. He was content and happy to cuddle there. But realizing he was about to go to a new home, Rainbow jumped down to rub against his mother one last time. He would miss her, but he knew that he’d probably see her once in awhile. <i>This is how life works for kittens</i>, he reasoned.
Jumping back into the lap of the little girl, Rainbow felt himself being rolled to the waiting car. She held him tight in her arms as strong arms lifted her into the car and fastened the seat belt.
Rainbow began to understand that the little girl was “different” too. But he didn’t care. She was just what he needed. She was becoming very special to him.
<i>I can live with this</i>, he thought, snuggling deeper into her warm lap. As the car pulled away from the curb, two special friends nodded with sleep, each content that they had found something special in the other.
God doesn’t make mistakes.
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