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Cat Friend

September 26, 2018 3 comments


Lately, I’ve been thinking about the power of kindness. I’ve been, for a few months now, making friends with a stray (feral) cat. It’s not the first time I’ve done this, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. He used to bolt as soon as he saw me, but he’d turn around if I called to him. Soon, he started waiting every morning on one side of the parking lot. Once I went into the building, he’d cross to get the food I’d left him.


He’s officially known as Cat Friend, which is a title more than a name. He waits for me, now, every morning. I can get within two feet of him. He comes when I call him. Sometimes, he meows at me in greeting, but only a little wisp of a squeak comes out. I haven’t been able to pet him, yet, but it’s safe to say that he’s my little buddy.


Yesterday, on my lunch break, he came running when I called. He’s started doing that too. He spends most of the day hanging around, but always comes when I call. All it took was patience, love, and food. All it took was kindness without strings, care without expectation. I think that is, in its own way, a kind of magic.


It made me think about on how such small gestures make a difference, how little kindnesses add up, making a person feel loved, cherished, thought of. The simpliest things—not just flowers or declarations, but small bits of sweetness. Not just words, but followthrough. It matters, truly.


The world is full of chaos, and I needed that reminder. Perhaps you did too.


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