One lovely summer day back in 2007 Alan came home from work and asked me if I wanted another kitten…a very cute Persian tabby. “Over my dead body!” was my unequivocal answer. I had seven kids, two cats, and a dog to take care of, not to mention the fact that Alan has asthma and is allergic to cats and dogs, as is our oldest son, Aaron. Alan was not convinced. “Well,” I said dryly, “if you bringhome a kitten, then YOU take care of it! I’ve had it with being up all night and cleaning up messes. If you want a baby, then it’s going to be your baby. Period.”So much for my resolve. Alan brought the adorable little kitty, named her Miss Molly Jane, and I’ve been feeding her and changing her litter box ever since. Of course, it’s been Joel who patiently lets her in and out his bedroom window at night when she’s not otherwise curled up sleeping soundly next to him on the top bunk, while Davy snoozes peacefully on Stephen’s bed below. In fact, Dave and Molly very quickly became pretty much inseparable companions. Not only did they sleep together, Molly pretty much followed Davyeverywhere. She learned how to catch mice and stalk birds. She got excited aboutplaying in the snow the first winter, and chased butterflies and frogs the next summer. Dave spent endless hours mentoring Molly in self-defense, in how to get the best scratches from doting adults, & in how to avoid being inadvertently trampled by Abishai. Miss Molly Jane was a quick learner, and before long she was in the groove! She learned how to garner attention as wanted, but she also knew when to chillax and sleep. She insinuated her way right into the middle ofKathy and Carl’s snuggle life, and that’s a trick, since Carl is very allergic to cats! In fact, everybody loved her, and the grand kids always wanted to play with her.Molly was especially fond of Joel and was always standing by to help him work!She also managed to sweet-talk Abby into letting her be king of the mountain, something neither of our other cats ever tried! Also—believe it or not—both Davy and Molly would often follow Abby on our evening walks down the lane, although Molly sometimes walked on the other side of the fence, taking no chances on being chased up a tree! Just like most of us, I think Davy and Molly’s favorite time of the year was Christmas. Davy loved to hide under the Christmastree so he could spy on us while we wrapped the Christmas presents, althoughhe was always pretty good about sharing the presents with Molly. Being the more mature, older brother, Davy spent a lot of time guarding the tree, but Molly waswas always curious about what was inside the gifts, and even though they knew they weren’t supposed to open any presents until Christmas morning, Molly really had trouble waiting and was always trying to figure out what they were. In fact, she was such a nuisance that Dave usually had to guard the stockings Christmas Eve just to keep them safe. 🙂
Well, they had a pretty ideal life, I’d say…until one day. But, I’ll have to tell you the rest of the story later. In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about what a cushy life those kitties had, and thinking about the fact that I’ve had a very happy life (mostly). Are you familiar with the excellent little daily devotionals called Our Daily Bread? (You can get free copies emailed daily to your inbox by signing up at odb.org/email-sign-up/ ) At any rate, I’ve enjoyed reading them for years, and today’s mini-lesson included the text of Psalm 103. This psalm just about sums up my life and the life of our kitties:
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s…” (Psalm 103:2-5).
None of us knows what tomorrow might hold, but if we’re safe and at peace today, I hope you and I are appreciating God’s goodness and blessing his name! “Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!” (Psalm 103:22).