Monthly Archives: January 2011

Take that!

24 reasons cats are better than children.
(via I Have Cat. (Thanks, Tamar!))

Cats:

1 – Don’t become teenagers convinced you’ve ruined their lives.

2 – Don’t ask how kitties are made.

3 – Don’t require supervision when they’re in the sand box. In fact, they’d prefer you didn’t.

4 – Feed themselves.

5 – Bathe themselves.

6 – Don’t practice their drum kit loudly when you are trying to read, watch TV or just think.

7 – Don’t need you to buy them clothes (well, not usually).

8 – Are spayed or neutered by age one (or should be) so you don’t have to worry about teen pregnancies.

9 – Don’t drive drunk or text and drive.

10 – Don’t require therapy later in life because of your sub-par parenting skills.

11 – Don’t need to be chauffeured from rehearsals, play dates, practice, games, and back again.

12 – Don’t talk back. Usually.

13 – Don’t “borrow” your clothes and jewelry.

14 – Don’t do drugs.

15 – Don’t deplete your life savings by going to college.

16 – Don’t throw tantrums in crowded stores.

17 – Don’t wear diapers.

18 – Don’t ask “why?” incessantly.

19 – Come potty trained.

20 – Don’t max out your credit cards.

21 – Don’t run up your cell phone bill.

22 – Don’t get allowance.

23 – Are not be embarrassed by your mere existence (that we know of).

and the TOP reason why cats are better than children…

24 – Cats will never make you feel stupid because you can’t help them with their math homework.

On unfairness.

A friend of mine lost her new cat the other day. She had known Kali for several months, when Kali needed a lot of medical help.  Here is her story:

This is to celebrate and remember little Kali.

Kali became our family long before she was able to come into our home.  We were honored by her presence for full, bright, but much too short 8 days.  Cancer obstructed her intestines, forcing us to say goodbye to Kali.

A 10-12 years old 4 1/2 pound black and white little angel with 3 legs and broken teeth; scars and the most joyous personality was transported with two other girls for Grayson County, Kentucky. Her name was Rian.

Kali was rescued after 10 days behind a Taco Bell.  Her tiny body was so broken, Beth, her rescuer said she did not even look like a cat.  But that did not stop her from immediately purring and cuddling in for some food.

The veterinarian came to the conclusion that Kali’s legs were bound and she was dragged behind a vehicle.  This caused one of her front legs to be torn completely away above her shoulder, leaving only her scratched and gouged skin to hold it to her.  She was covered in sores, abscesses, blood and pus.

Months of careful nursing healed Keli’s [sic] body of her injuries, but unknown to everyone, cancer was winning the fight.

We were blessed to have the chance to welcome Kali to her home and give her the happiest and fullest 8 days possible.  During these days, she was never without at least one member of her human family.  She played.  She nuzzled, She slept.  Unfortunately during her last 3 days, she could not eat.

Kali died on the evening of January 24, 2011.

Her love, energy and beautiful spirit touched many lives. Those lucky enough to have loved her will miss her presence and celebrate her life every day.

Here’s her family’s tribute video for her.  You are soulless if you do not watch it.

Why should one sweet, loving creature endure so much… to finally find love, acceptance, and a Home, only to lose her life eight days later?

I am willing myself to celebrate her spirit and her life, to look to her as an example of the perfect fighter — sweet to those who love, yet not willing to give up.  She wouldn’t want my pity, but… no, that’s it.   She wouldn’t want my pity — end of statement.  Instead, I give her my admiration.

Here’s to you, Kali Marie Riana Buttercup Fizz:

I’d like now to propose a toast
To bring this to an end
To Kali, no longer here with us
But still a very dear friend.

16 years? For this?!

I’ve searched for these lyrics (to learn the name of the song and the artist) on and off since 1995. I remember hearing it on the way to practice a couple of times. I remember liking it.  I never had luck finding the who or what, until tonight. Tonight it was the first hit from the first search. Weird.

The bad part is that it’s Steve Perry. That’s hard to own up to. And if I heard it now, that would have been a guess as to who was the artist. :*
(And of course, there’s a background story to this. But I’d need to be pretty damn drunk to tell it.)

STEVE PERRY
"You Better Wait"

She was only a child
Someone to hold on
Only a child
Someone to believe in
Only a child
Someone to love

She was 17
Beauty queen
I met her in a magazine
Heart of fire
Love’s desire
Reachin’ out higher, higher

Run away
One more day
A broken-hearted child at play
I pray for you, baby blue
In the name of love I reach for you
In the darkness comes the evil of the night
Think about it

Continue reading

Lend Me a Kitten

Lend Me a Kitten~

I will lend to you for awhile a kitten, God said.
For you to love while he lives, and mourn when he’s dead.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years, or maybe two or three.
…But will you, ’till I call him back, take care of him for me?

He’ll bring his charms to gladden you and, should his stay be brief
You’ll always have his memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught below I want this kitten to learn.

I’ve looked the whole world over in search of teachers true.
And from the folk that crowds life’s land I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love, nor think the labor vain?
Nor hate me when I come to take my kitten home again?

I fancied that I heard them say ‘Dear Lord Thy Will Be Done’
For all the joys this kitten brings the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter him with tenderness, we’ll love him while we may.
And for the happiness we’ve known, forever grateful stay.

But should you call him back much sooner than we planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.
If, by our love we’ve managed your wishes to achieve,
Then in memory of him whom we loved, please help us while we grieve.
When our cherished kitten departs this world of strife,
Please send yet another needing soul for us to love all his life.

Author Unknown
(Thanks to Cat Seye for posting)