Thursday, September 07, 2006

Silver Lining

Years ago while reading Buddhist theory, I came across a passage stating that the signs and symbols we need in life to know which paths to follow or to understand the direction our lives will ultimately take are before us each day. It is our job to become conscious in order to recognize and receive them.

Yesterday in the stairwell I met a neighbor who asked if we had found our cat; She disappeared during a July apartment robbery while we were abroad. I said no and joked that wherever she is, I hope she's happy, well-fed and living out her wild side.

Although I recently stopped going to the backyard to call her each day, I heeded an internal prodding spurred by the talk with our neighbor. I went to the yard and beckoned to an empty neighboring yard, generally a populated cat hangout. Nada. Well that's that, I concluded. No more. Turning to leave, a chill went up my spine. Across the way, peering intently from behind the bushes underneath our 3rd story window was Kalikee, our cat.

Kalikee! I called in surprise and she bolted, stopping a few yards away. Staring blankly. Giving no indication that she recognized me. Glued to her spot. Ready to spring if I moved too quickly. It looked like Kalikee but was this her? I continued to beckon. She stared blankly.

Slowly I backed towards the apartment entrance, maintaining eye contact while calling my 4-year-old son. They share a special bond. Perhaps he could coax her. Walk back here slowly; She's here I summoned. He came to the yard. Still no response from Kalikee. Call her. Gently. Say her name. And so he did. Repeatedly. Inviting her to come to him.

And finally she responded. She talked to him, meowing in response to his calls. And then she approached and rubbed up against him fiercely.

It took some effort to get her back upstairs. She was frightened, seems to have sustained an injury in her hind quarters and initially was wild. I was scratched and bitten. Rapha was happy but very cautious.

She has clearly been through something and is changed. So have we. We're all re-adjusting. Rapha's staying home from school to be with her today. He's thrilled to have his playmate back. I'm grateful.

7 comments:

Liza said...

This may turn out to be the best news I'll have today. Thanks so much for sharing! I'm an animal person, and my heart's been wrenched by all that you guys have been through this summer, so this is really great.

Stefanella said...

Thanks for your support, sistah L. I really do appreciate it. It's strange having her back; Twilight zone esque. But it's a bright glimmer...slf

noorster said...

Fantastic news! Am so happy for you!

Swollen said...

I hope that Kalikee stays around. It must be great to have her back!
Steve

Stefanella said...

It's good but weird. Like in Stephen King's Pet Cemetary where your animal is back from the dead but in a whacked version. Not that extreme but Kalikee has changed. We're all taking it easy and chilling together. Rapha's thrilled and she responds most favorably to him. tks for kind words...slf

EmahS said...

Stef, this brought tears to my eyes!!! How incredible that you were able to find her with your instincts. That was way cool to read about.

Riihele said...

Hei Steph.
This is extremely GREAT news. Wonderful. All the best. Take care.