Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: A kitten softens a bachelor

By AMY NEWMARK, Chicken Soup for the Soul | 8/11/2014

If you’d told David Alan Richards that someday he would mourn the death of a cat, he would have laughed at you. David, who spent his free time training in martial arts and watching horror films, lived alone in an undecorated apartment, until he brought home a pet. After a stray and her kittens took up residence in his New York City dojo, he and his companions agreed to each take one home. David picked the one that “seemed to jump the highest, run the fastest and have the most spunk.”

As David wrote in his story “Mimi,” published in one of our books on cats, the kitten would hiss and run away whenever he tried to pet her. But, over time, she warmed up. One morning, David awoke and found Mimi cuddling under his arm.

If you’d told David Alan Richards that someday he would mourn the death of a cat, he would have laughed at you. David, who spent his free time training in martial arts and watching horror films, lived alone in an undecorated apartment, until he brought home a pet. After a stray and her kittens took up residence in his New York City dojo, he and his companions agreed to each take one home. David picked the one that “seemed to jump the highest, run the fastest and have the most spunk.”

As David wrote in his story “Mimi,” published in one of our books on cats, the kitten would hiss and run away whenever he tried to pet her. But, over time, she warmed up. One morning, David awoke and found Mimi cuddling under his arm.

David had changed, too. “I began to feel downright mush toward her,” he wrote. When his parents died, only a few months apart, he cried into Mimi’s fur. When David started dating Rosetta, the woman who would become his wife, Mimi won her over even though Rosetta was a dog person.

After some years, David stopped keeping track of Mimi’s birthday — he didn’t want to think about where her aging would inevitably lead. But, eventually the day came, and David — along with Rosetta — mourned. The sadness has never passed, but now when David thinks about his longtime companion, more than anything he is just happy that Mimi was part of his life.

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