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.