To anyone reading this that is NOT a facebook friend of mine, and consequently has no idea what I am referring to, I will sum up: We lost our beloved and adored cat, Muscles, last weekend, very suddenly. His death was so mysterious and out of the blue that (even though I feel quite sure that this is a mortal sin) I can't help but be reminded of the end of the movie Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, where Linda says(paraphrasing): "There are so many questions surrounding his death. I prefer to remember the way he lived."
Muscles came to us 3 years ago. I had been needling Michael for a new kitty for quite some time, formulating (what I thought were) concise and well thought out arguments: Ash Ferley (our current old-timer kitty) needed a playmate. A new kitty would help keep him young. It would be good for Devin to have a new kitty around. There were too many homeless kittens in the world. WE HAD SO MUCH LOVE TO GIVE!!!! . . .But Michael stayed strong (*cough *heartless* cough*), and always replied with the same thing: "When it is time for us to have a cat, a cat will find us."
To which I ALWAYS responded with: "Oh, you just expect a Kitten of Destiny to fall into our laps??!"
. . .have I ever mentioned how BADLY I hate it when he's right??
Because that is precisely what happened. At this exact same time, a kitten just showed up one day at my mom's house. Now my mother loves cats, and normally she would just keep the kitten herself, but she already had two cats and had already decided that that was her personal limit. (Much like tattoos or piercings, no one can tell you how many cats are right for you. I once knew a woman with 19. Cats, not piercings. But in all fairness, she could be a blog post all by herself.) So mom tried to get the little kitten to go away.
But he did not want to go away. He liked it there.
She tried to get the neighbors to take him. She took him over there. They were cool with it. He was adorable. And his belly was as soft as a bunny's.
. . . And he was always on her back porch again the next morning.
So mom decided that maybe they could use him as a barn cat on their farm. . . . Until the day he hitched a ride to the farm underneath the truck and almost got flattened several times by the horses. (Apparently horses are completely immune to extreme cuteness. In my book, this would make horses untrustworthy. And extremely suspect. Just saying.)
The little cat was adorable, and sweet, and they could not take it, and it just would not go away.
And then one day we came over for lunch.
(It was someone's birthday. . . I forget whose. . .)
His gift to us was he made our hearts just a little bit bigger.
And, as people, he made us just a little bit better.
And he absolutely