The bravest cat I ever knew was our dear friend Rosebud. Rosie has been gone a long time now and she only lived for eight short years but she had a lot to teach us. She came from a humane society shelter. We were looking through the room with all the cages and I noticed that my husband had stopped in his tracks. When I went back to him, he said this one is it. I looked at the cat in the cage. She was a beautiful short hair with gray, orange and ivory fur. She had big amber eyes. The tone in his voice told me not to question this choice. Something in him was very sure. They had bonded instantly. We brought her home and were not disappointed. She was an affectionate one year old lap cat who fit into our family instantly. I can still see her lying under the Christmas tree every year and dancing around the kitchen, begging for treats – which she always got. When Rosie started getting sick, I didn’t expect anything too dire, but when the tests came back, she tested positive for diabetes. At first we gave her pills everyday – not an easy thing but manageable. Soon though, the disease progressed until we were up to two shots a day. I never dreamed I could give a shot to anyone but all of us did – even our daughter, who was still a child – so that Rosebud would always be taken care of on time. You would have never known she was sick. She went about her life with an attitude of gratefulness that amazed us all. Whenever Rosie lay down on something, she would always scoot to the edge and hang her head over the side of whatever she was lying on. It was her trademark stance. We used to laugh and say she was getting a new perspective that way. Maybe she was. She had been abandoned and discarded early in her life. Now she was very ill at times. But from her perspective she was with a family that loved her and took care of her. I think from that point of view, nothing else mattered. Maybe perspective is all that matters.
Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”