Out all day working – hurrah, some money! – theatre this evening, then a couple of drinks and some chat with a friend, so this post is a bit late. But hey, NaBloPoMo and not that long to go now to the end of the month and mission completed, etc etc.
I lit a candle today for a cat. He belonged to the neighbour who adopted Cat and his brother from the rescue centre. She is again working abroad, and decided the best thing to do was rehome her cat J.
Unfortunately, he did not settle. Always a cat with issues, he was peeing and pooing all around the house; upset and upsetting, A physical exam showed nothing wrong, and eventually his new owner decided to have him put down.
Today was the day he died. I was in Westminster Abbey so I lit a candle for him. There were prayer cards, and a notice that explained that prayers would be said at the shrine of Edward the Confessor for those named on the prayer cards if the details were given in clear print.
I completed the prayer card. I wrote J’s name and said he died today. I did not say he was a cat. If there is a heaven, I hope that cats, dogs, leopards, goats and most other animals ( I have a problem with reptiles and mosquitos, and I am not too sure about slugs) are there too. If there is an Almighty, I hope s/he will value a cat’s life as much as a human’s. However, I have a sneaking feeling that had I explained on the prayer card that this was a cat, he would have been edited from the prayers.
If prayers work, I hope J has been received by angels, given a snuggly blanket, lots of attention and non-judgemental love.
For my very much alive Ginger Ninja, I hope he always knows that he is loved and respected, and that if the gates of heaven are closed to him I am not going there either.