Summer Lessons from Faith

Faith died this week. It came as such a shock to me and everyone who knew that spunky little kitty with a huge heart for enjoying life.  I never had a chance to say good-bye to her; I didn’t realize that when I picked her up it would be for the last time. This summer I want her memory to remain abundant in my life, so this is what I’m going to do:

Take time to enjoy the scenery.  Faith knew every window in our house and made sure that she surveyed the view from each one, each day.  I never realized how interesting chores could be until I looked at them from her perspective. She delighted in watching the birds flying, the bunnies munching, and me cleaning.

Relax with all your heart.  Faith knew how to relax. Who would have thought that it could be so entertaining to watch someone take a nap? Faith was that someone! Even on her busiest days she found time to relax. She could chill as if she was on a Caribbean cruise.

Practice having fun! Faith always grabbed the chance to be silly. She liked to turn the mundane into humor and could always make me laugh, even on the bluest of days. She learned how to open cabinet doors to investiage the hidden world of bath towels, or pull open drawers to check out the cosmetics. She put her head into empty tissue boxes and ran around the room, just to put a fun twist on the ordinary pace of the day. Fortunately, her fun-loving, adventurous spirit is being kept alive by one of her housemates who intently observed her every move.

Never be afraid to be beautiful.  When Faith entered my life she was the ugliest little ragamuffin I had seen, yet her eyes grabbed my soul and urged me to keep her alive. She had a knack for accentuating the beauty of an ordinary moment. There seemed to be a light in her that shone brighter each new day she was alive, as if she knew that each day truly was a gift; that light spread to all who knew her – animal and human alike.

This summer is going to be the best one yet. Faith taught me to enjoy the scenery, relax every day, be silly when I get the chance, and to find the beauty in life and myself and delight in it. None of us knows how much time we have left.  It turns out that Faith had less than three years on this earth, but she maximized every breath that she took.

Perhaps that was the greatest lesson of all.


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Aloha! Thank you for visiting the Weeklythoughtexhange. I hope you enjoy this healthy exchange of ideas and thoughts. I am a middle school language arts teacher and relish active discussion, frequent reading, writing for leisure and growth, and immersion in new ideas and thoughts. Some of my favorite pastimes include being outdoors with family, friends and pets, traveling the world and country, and embarking on new adventures wherever they happen to find me - in my own backyard or on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.
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2 Responses to Summer Lessons from Faith

  1. Shelby, I cannot imagine a more beautiful eulogy to your incredible little friend. What an indelible impression she has left in your heart. Her legacy lives on through the courtship with your pen. God bless you, tiny Faith. Thank you for sharing these tender memories, Shelby.


  2. Shelby, I cannot imagine a more beautiful eulogy to your little Faith. It is obvious that this tiny soul left an indelible impression on your heart. Her legacy lives on through your courtship with the pen and post. Thank your for sharing these tender moments with us. God keep you, little Faith. God bless you, little Shelby.


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