Six Years ago today my life changed forever because of a cat I got as an early birthday present.
Twix at 8wks old
It all begin with a dog we use to have. I was very close to him, but he had some aggression issues with younger children and we weren't able to keep him. Even though he belonged to the family, I always thought of him as "Mine". It broke my heart when I lost him. I cried almost every night ..then came Twix a few months later.
She was this little tiny fluff ball. Too cute for words. I named her Twix after my favorite candy bar. The name fit her perfectly because of her coloring. One of her back paws was all cream/caramel colored (including the pad). She was so independent and acted as if she owned the place - Total Tortie!
Twix was very affectionate, but on her own terms. She also was jealous of our other pets; not liking me showing affection to the others. What was amazing about Twix is that her & I shared the same personality in many ways. I was told once that Red Heads (people with red hair - like me) and Torties are like that. I use call her my 'Baby Girl" as if she actually was. Twix & I had a very special connection. She always knew when I needed her by resting on or beside me. I could always tell by looking into her eyes.
"Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened" -Anatole France
Twix opened up my heart and made me a better person. She turned me into a cat lover and inspired me. Believe it or not, she actually made me look at things in a different way. It's something I don't think anyone could understand unless they are a cat/dog owner.
When I first published this photo on my blog, I had typed "Even a small, lonely yellow flower needs a moment to feel meaningful". Since then, I've been pondering over what I meant by that and what I got from this one flower -- Now I know most of you will think I'm crazy and perhaps I am, but I had wanted this blog to be a way of expressing my feelings ..So, that's what I'm going to do....
It was raining earlier today - a first in months - and it was so cool and fresh outside. I had decided to head out for a short walk; Taking my favorite companion (my camera) along with me. A few months ago, these trees were covered in thousands of yellow flowers. Now, because of the heat, there is very few. While I was walking ..with my mind in thoughts ..I spotted this one lonely, yellow flower just glancing down. All the other flowers had pairs, but not this one. I looked at it and thought "even this little flower needs a moment to feel meaningful" ..That's how I've felt all day today about myself - sort of lonely; needing to feel meaningful to someone. ~ That's why I took a picture of this flower.
When I'm out walking, I take the time to notice everything that surrounds me - the clouds, the sunshine, trees, flowers, birds chirping. That's when it hit me as I was thinking about this flower. I wonder how many times someone has passed by it and took notice of it? I was probably the only one. Sadly, we do this a lot to people as well.
Remember those who are apart of your life and take a moment to make them feel loved.