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Stop being a cat

This past week has been traumatic to say the least. We lost a member of the family –our 12 year old dog – Savannah. Obviously, she was a part of the family. The dog stuck around way longer than my husband and was older than my daughter.

I had expected some transition in losing the dog, but I was completely unprepared for the reality. Working from home can be a bit isolating. I did not realize how often during the day I talked to the dog. The first day without her my daughter caught me asking the dog about making dinner. The dog wasn’t there. I am sitting outside writing for the first time without the dog sitting in my shadow. I expected to have some disruption and emptiness.

While we miss the dog, my daughter and I are adapting to the new routine. The cats however are not.

Kallie Cat went MIA for longer than normal. I went out to look for her and found her sitting by the side of the road unharmed but crying at me. I think she had gone out looking for her friend. I found her sleeping on my daughter’s stuffed dog that resembled Savannah. Edwin Kitty has been outside more than normal as well. I heard he went on a walk with another dog.

The strangest behavior though has to do with the food dish. The food bowl had been up on a bookshelf for the past 18 months. The dog was particularly fond of cat food. When I discovered why the cat food dish was ALWAYS empty I moved the dish. It took a day or two and the cats found the food without being shown. I moved the food back to the floor for less mess now that there is no cat food thief.

The cats are having trouble with this transition. It has been 4 days. The cats walk in the house, past their bowls and hop up on the bookshelf. They sit there on the shelf and stare at us. My daughter picks them up and places them in front of the bowl. I can understand a time or two. Put this is happening 5 times a day for 4 days.

It got me wondering…what cat food bowls am I walking by? Basically these cats are willing to go hungry and cause a fuss looking for their food dish. The food dish is less than 2 feet away from where the cats are stubbornly sitting.

What blessing has God placed 2 feet away from our food dish? What are we missing because we insist on following an old routine? I read a great article today about declaring New Year’s Day on a random day. The author was declaring it today on her birthday. I think I need to hit the restart button today. I have gone so far off track and wandered away from my goals. Today I start getting back on track. This is the link to Mindy’s post since I swiped her idea and I adore Mindy’s writing!

I already have begun by writing this post. Next I need to clear away some physical clutter that accumulated in my grief and chaos this week. I am getting back on track today. It is a perfect spring day here – a great time for rebirth. Even more fitting it is Lent, a season for reflection. For many, Lent is a time to give things up. For the past couple of years we have been trying to add something more constructive in this season. A positive action is following Jesus more than giving up candy. At least, that is the lesson I have been teaching. Today, I am going for a positive action and giving up procrastination.

I am going to look for my own food dish. Perhaps it is spiritual, maybe personal or financial. I am sure though that I am missing something because I am being a cat.