Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Do you need a bump on the head?

Okay, we have kittens here. Two barn mums, or queens as they should be called, gave birth to 5 kittens each. One mum, a rather friendly one, had 5 very cute friendly kittens, which went to homes, etc. There's only one left, a soft angora like kitty that purrs all the time, loves even my great niece who totes him around.
But with the other cat, her babies aren't so friendly. There are three left, B1, B2 and Thumbs. Out of all of them, B2 was the nastiest, the meanest, the wildest kitten going. If you managed to catch her, she went insane, fearing for her life and turning into a quarter pound of nails and lungs.
Okay, three days ago, she went missing. Two days ago, she showed up, dizzy and staggering and with mismatched pupils. She kept turning around in circles and dragging her front paw.
I scooped her up and checked her out. It was as if she'd been hit by a car, a good possibility even in this rural community. But she showed no signs of infection or disease, just dizzy.
Well, not just dizzy. Her personality changed. Drastically.
The first day, she let me pick her up, the next day, she walked up to me. Today, she ran up to me. It didn't help that I was feeding her separately to ensure she didn't get shoved out of the way when feeding time came. She cuddled up to me, too, when I held her that first day, as if knowing she'd had a scare and needed reassurance.
Do we need a good scare, or worse, God forbid, a car accident to learn to be nice? To learn to appreciate those around us who care for us, and provide for us?
I sure hope not. We shouldn't need a bump on the head, or a brain injury to change our personalities from crabby to caring. And we don't need to. All we have to do is take that first step. Just not in front of a moving car, please.
No, this first step is in front of God. He can change your heart. He can take you from cruel to caring, from fearful to firm. Look what He did to Paul, to Jonah, to Moses, and all the disciples. Ask and He'll help.
It's been four days now, and the cat is still pleasant. She may or may not survive, but she's had me pondering what we humans need to learn.
Barbara Phinney


Ralene said...

Very good example! Thank you for the reminder. :)

PamelaTracy said...

Okay, so from your blog, I'm getting the idea that you're going to be keeping at least two kitties. One, the kitty who loves your great niece, and two the kitty who you're now nursing.

My old kitty, Priscilla died in January. This is the first time in two decades that I haven't had at least one cat. I usually have two.

Barbara Phinney said...

Ralene, you're very welcome. It's a good lesson for all of us.

Pamela, we gave Marvin, the really fluffy kitten, to a small farm nearer to town, to good friends of ours. (four kids, so he'll have lots of fun)
B2 hasn't been seen for a couple of days, but her twin, B1, is still around and still a bit shy. Thumbs was seen at the farm across the street.
One mum is preggie again and the other had her babies during Hurricane Bill. (She showed up the next day, quite skinny)
And the cycle of life goes on, of birth, living and learning and dying.
The question we need to ask is what are we learning?

PamelaTracy said...

We are learning that cats and rabbits have a lot in common. LOL, we are also learning that when you're named after the letter of the alphabet (b) then you should BWare

Barbara Phinney said...

Groan!! Very funny!
ACtually I love puns
But B1 and B2 were similar looking kittens and named after the characters in kids' show Bananas in Pajamas, Banana One and Banana Two or as these two bananas called themselves... you guessed it, B1 and B2.
(and, my own pun here, when they hugged they became a vitamin!)

Linda said...

Great analogy. I have a cat, which I got when he was 1 1/2 yrs. old. So gentle, as if made for our house!