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April, Easter in 2012 Board: The Housecat and the Resurrection

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My parent’s cat, 11-year-old Freddy Astaire went missing. He walked out onto the front porch and never returned.

Day by day, we lost hope. We offered a hundred dollar reward and scouted the neighborhood for him — or his body. Gradually it sank in that never again would we stroke his handsome coat or hear his ruffled baby meow, so sweet and endearing in such a dignified cat.

Two weeks after he disappeared we agreed he was dead.

Early the next morning my mother phoned, “Do you believe in miracles?” Freddy Astaire had slipped into the house through the cat door.

Phone in hand, I became dizzy. Freddy was dead! I had walked the neighborhood searching. I had felt the emptiness in my parents’ house. As I talked to my mother, a need rose within me to see the cat before the day was over, a need so shaking and primitive that it must have been pure instinct, a magic belief that to see him would gather him into the world and make his return secure. The joy came later when I saw him and held his thin and hungry body in my arms and smelled the woods deep in his fur.

And yes, a house cat’s return showed me something about the Resurrection.

For you see, a little later I thought that my sense of dislocation and shock at facts violated – my stunned reluctance to allow myself to grasp joy because the grief had been so severe – these might have been the feelings of people who heard that Jesus was risen. They, like me, may have thought it too great a piece of good news to accept. Perhaps they, too, were overwhelmed by what seemed impossible.

 For us Easter is pure joy because we know the story.

This year I will think of the feelings of those who lived it – how it must have been to experience it without a script. The breaking of expectation, of natural law, of all that had come before — to hear without preparation the great news – that Jesus was risen – alive and among his people — teaching the new truth.

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Orange — My Favorite Color Board: My First Pin, Orange Kitties!

Orange kitties are such a marvel. What made God and nature decide to move a few genes here and there and come up with cats who are so delightful? Orange kitties tend to be males and they also tend to be more intelligent than cats of other colors. It’s a mystery whether this is genetic or the result of the orange kits in a litter receiving more handling and coos of admiration from human cat lovers. The theory is that this “good stress” causes the little gingers’ brains to develop in more complex ways.

People everywhere seem to admire orange cats. In fact their appearance in the artwork of nations exactly follows the expansion of trade routes by ship. It seems that sailors liked to take a long a nice orange cat, then the cat either became a gift to an admirer at some port, or left behind its seed in the manner of sailors everywhere — and soon someone had a nice orange cat of their own to put into a painting.

The little orange fellows in this photo were just too dear not to pin. Look how deeply they sleep, completely relaxed together and secure and happy. And their little tabby coats remind me of stripey pajamas. Too dear for words!

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