In a previous post I shared how a live cam on Ustream of a stray cat and her kittens rescued by a woman in Pittsburgh, PA had caught the attention of the world. Thousands followed the escapade of Noodles and her kittens and shed tears as they grew up and went on to their permanent homes.
This may seem like a story reserved for cat lovers but I couldn’t help but notice a universal theme.
To review the scenario:
- A woman takes pity on a stray, pregnant cat and takes her into her home.
- Five weeks later the cat bears seven kittens.
- Care and love are lavished with tremendous generosity on the cat and kittens.
- One kitten is a tiny runt with no hair. He is so small that the chat community is concerned for him.
- The mother cat is especially solicitous towards the runt. The community takes notice and falls in love with the runt and roots for him.
- The cat and kittens thrive under the care they’re receiving and blossom into beautiful young cats, perfectly socialized and affectionate with humans.
The runt especially blossoms, turning into a large, fluffy and sweet beauty.
- The girls are gorgeous tortis, the boys lean and handsome gingers.
- The adoptions go well and the kittens go home.
End of story. Or is it?
In the midst of a dark, chaotic and polarized world, a small international community grows around creatures given a home, love and care. The love is contagious and soon the community cares for the cat and kittens. And then people in community begin to care for each other.
It proves something I’ve suspected for a long time: love begets love.
We are created to seek goodness, love and beauty. We long for light, not darkness, but we get pulled off course.
We seek happiness from the outside: from the glitzy, glamorous, sexy, exciting, unwholesome and even dangerous when it fact, it dwells within, simply and quietly, waiting for us.
In an ugly world the site of a cat and her kittens being so generously cared for is attractive and touches the heart. And it drew people in like a moth to a flame.
This wasn’t just a story about cats: this is about us.
One person took a chance fostering these kittens. She accepted the risk, laid out her money, gave of her time, and poured out her heart. Although many in the chat community are sad at the departure of the family, this person must feel especially drained and heartbroken.
Happily ever after
The story, however, has a happy ending. No one in the community could deny the miracle of the blossoming of these kittens (most especially the runt); it was the product of selfless love. The weak were taken in and made strong.
And no one could deny the friendships that grew within the community. When the kittens were quietly sleeping and out of sight, the conversations continued. People began to get to know each other. Even though posts were in many different languages, all converged around a single, unifying event.
Love begets love
Love is oftentimes depicted in the scriptures as beginning small and growing big. The mustard seed grows into the huge tree. The five loaves and two fish feed 5000 people. The small bits of leaven make the bread rise.
And love given spontaneously to a stray cat and her kittens grows into an international community.
God, who is Love, is continuously at work in the world using any and all situations to communicate with us. Like so many of the mundane, everyday occurrences of our lives, these events teach us how to love and care for each other.
We just need the eyes to see.
Linked to stay in touch
So far, two Facebook pages have set up by the new owners:
Seven Kittens has a page too: https://www.facebook.com/TheSevenKittens
And you can watch highlights from the Ustream site: http://www.ustream.tv/sevenkittens
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6 thoughts on “The metaphor of Seven Kittens”
Beautiful and thanks so much! First the baby Spooky stole my heart since I had a tortie just like her for 19 years. She rests now outside my window and i talk to her every day still. But then that little Loki suddenly tugged at my heart strings. But really, how could one ever pick. Even this amazing mother, is a true champion. may they continue to grow and live happy lives and bring great joy to us all. WB
I have a torti now that I am fiercely bonded to. I can’t even imagine life without her. She’s the cat of my dreams: LOVES to talk, ASKS to be held, DEMANDS to be petted. Heaven. 🙂
How true – all of your words – the kittens and the chat community have made the summer of 2012 one I shall never forget.
Bonnie Johnson (babysmama)
Susan This is truly beautiful. You are an inspiration to all who have come into your world. Thank God for the kitty clubbers so that I have gotten to know you through your beautiful writings. Take care and God Bless. Beth Albright
Thank you very much!
This was so beautiful! You have a true gift and just another facet of The Seven that brought you to the chat and then us to you. God bless you for having such insights and the words with which to share them.