This is a repost of something I posted at the end of 2009, the year I started Older Eyes – Bud’s Blog. I don’t remember what was going on but obviously I was looking for guidance. This has been a difficult few months and I find myself looking again. The same thoughts apply.
Years ago, my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. When she went through surgery and the subsequent radiation, my son’s cat, Mr. B, was staying with us. Mr. B was an affectionate people-loving cat to start with but when my wife came home from the hospital, he became her constant companion. He’d curl up next to her on her pillow whenever she was in bed and drape himself over her neck when she came home exhausted from radiation treatments. A genuine bond formed between them. After the twelve weeks of radiation were over, we made plans to go back east and visit our families. The morning we were leaving, Mr. B was killed by a coyote in our front yard which was devastating to both of us. I don’t remember which of us it was that suggested that he was an angel who’d been called home because his job looking after my wife was done. Interestingly, when I told my sister what had happened, she suggested the same thing. Of course, we aren’t the first to suggest that our felines might be angels … Allen and Linda Anderson’s book, Angel Cats – Divine Messengers of Comfort, is full of similar stories. (more…)