I have been touched by two equally moving images today. The first is from the wonderful I Can Has Cheezburger. I can’t tell you how much Jake and I love that site – we really lovez our kittehs!
It’s hard to tell from the photo where that soldier is stationed but it must have been a welcome break in his day to come across a little cat – perhaps it was a reminder of a cat he had back home. Hopefully, it provided him with some kind of sustenance to carry on. I just love this photo so much. It should be the poster for a campaign for peace!
My second touching image is more of a story. I encountered an elderly man at the shops today, laden with shopping bags, struggling with a cane. I offered to help him carry his bags and we chatted for a while. The silvergrey leaves of eucalypts cast little pointed shadows on the ground as we walked. ‘See those leaves?’ said the man. ‘My wife was a dressmaker. She used to have a dress in that exact colour with matching shoes. Very elegant it was. She’s been dead for over twenty years now but I think of her every day.’
To miss someone for twenty years must be hard. The man never imagined he would live for two decades without his wife. ‘Sometimes I begin to talk to her and then I remember she is gone,’ he said.
As we walked I became aware we were not alone. A black and white cat was following us. When we stopped to rest every now and then, so did the cat, standing a few paces behind. I mentioned it to the man and he laughed. ‘That’s Flo,’ he said. ‘I’ve had her for over ten years. She always comes to the shops with me. She likes to make sure I get there and back in one piece. I think my wife sent her to watch over me.’
A few minutes later we reached the man’s door. I put his bags in the hallway. Flo sat on the doorstep as I left. Our eyes met. I could have sworn she nodded as if acknowledging my help. The bond between she and her owner was tangible. There was a richness to it.
As I turned the corner I saw them standing at the window looking out at the day. If you were on a photo hunt with the theme of belonging, this is the photo you would use. An emotive snapshot. I felt happy they had one another. Companionship wherever it may be found is truly welcome.