Of course, I had to watch the exchange of the child’s bliss and the kitten’s pure terror as the boy picked up the kitten and babbled on and on to it as if he knew kitten language. The kitten was hissing and ended up scratching the boy, rather severely I believe, as he dropped the kitten and began crying. The boy’s Mom was nearby and immediately consoled him and checked his scratches. The boy was sobbing and had no more interest in the kitten.
As they walked off towards the entry door, I looked down at the poor little kitten that was again shaking and scared. I couldn’t take her home for several reasons, but I almost did. I had her in my arms and was trying to think of what to do, when the kitten stopped shaking and lay peacefully in my arms. It touched my heart so much; I can’t even find the words. I don’t know why my heart ached for this little kitten, but it did and I couldn’t just leave her there.
The little kitten, to me, represented a life. A life full of need. She didn’t ask to be born and most certainly didn’t ask to be abandoned outside a store. I was not going to feed into that crime by leaving her to burn up in the unrelenting Nevada sun.
As I was trying to figure out what to do, the Mom and little boy exited the store. The little boy had obviously completely forgotten his scratches and ran over to me with a special excitement that only shines in small children. The wonder and the innocence of the little boy and the little kitten moved me, and I felt warmth I haven’t felt in a very long time.
The Mom said if I didn’t want the kitten, they would take her and give her a home. There it was! That human spirit! The kindness that is present in so many of us. The kindness you don’t hear about on the news because they don’t have time left after reporting all the bad happenings in the world today. But there is goodness in the world and I saw it in that Mom, that beautiful little boy, and most of all, in that frightened little kitten.
I handed over the kitten and went about my shopping….with a peacefulness coming from deep inside my core. What a beautiful day! No meditation, yoga or massage required.