Mondays are Physical Day here at Taking it to the Streets
I got two new kittens last night! They are already teaching me so many things, in a variety of ways.
I had been thinking the other day of how the seeming death of the Earth in winter, makes for such a joyous awakening in spring. How the earth has the energy to put on the remarkable show we get each spring, because of the months of seeming inactivity and stillness.
This winter, besides winter in Chicago, I had a bit of a winter of the heart, with 5 deaths in 14 weeks – including the death on Halloween of my very beloved 14 year old cat Caitlin Marie. That loss cut through my heart – she was quite precious to me.
I wasn’t sure about when/how I would get new cats – but in the back of my mind I wanted two kittens. So last night I went to a Cat Circus (yes, really!) and in the lobby when we walked in was a cage with a sign that said “Adopt Us” and two darling little kittens that I knew were going to be my next family members.
“To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn turn)
and a Time for every purpose under heaven.
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep.”
I DID remember that, when Caity died and when my friend Becky died. That there would be happy times again. That grief wasn’t ever lasting (though, for me, at least, the dead are never forgotten).
But, like spring riotously erupting forth after a long, hard winter, Liam and Maggie going nuts romping around and being 1.5 lbs (Liam) and 1.1 lbs (Maggie) remind me of the newness of life, the birth as the wheel of life turns.
Some lessons are easier to learn than others. And despite a rather sleepless night last night as we all got used to each other, and Liam biting tiny teeth marks into my glasses (and this is just in the first 24 hours…) this is a very joyous lesson indeed!