This is a special holiday edition of Mondays with Merlin and the rest of the boys. We’re kicking off a big week of celebrations to mark the first anniversary of Cat Wisdom 101. It’s Memorial Day here in the U.S. and it’s a weird mix of shopping, and parties while honoring veterans and dead soldiers. My fellow philosopher Martin Heidigger once said,”If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life – and only then will I be free to become myself.”
Our cat daddy calls our mom, Layla morbid to be thinking so much about death lately but I disagree. Cats never think about death until they are faced with a needle before they’re ready. Try getting even the sickest cat into a carrier when euthanasia is the final destination. We know. Life is precious.
I’ve been circling around and towards death literally, walking in circles at night. On the floor, on the bed, on my human’s bodies. My claws scratch where they once retracted. My glaucoma leaves nothing but shadows to see. And I am indeed a mere shadow of my former glorious Siamese self, my bony spine growing larger as I gradually shrink towards the inevitable. I cry in loud Siamese to be soothed, acknowledged and purr in the moment with whatever is good. It’s feels good being mollycoddled 24/7. My humans complain about not sleeping but I say, it’s more time to spend with me! You can sleep when you’re dead! It’s good having three amazing purr brothers to look after me. Don’t feel sorry for me. There is plenty of good left. I’d like to see my 18th birthday despite a little thing called kidney disease. I get anything I want. Gris Gris was in the primo spot napping spot on the porch and whap, my feisty self said, get out bro hehehe! If this was the only war on the planet, we’d be better off.
I have more teaching to do. My latest job is teaching Layla how to tell when I’m in pain and what the difference is between a pleasure purr and pain purr. She’ll be no doubt be writing about it and sharing hands on with her kitty clients. That’s all for now. Peace, love & purrs!