Here is  another installment in the adventures of Persimmon, our stray cat. He began befriending us about a year ago and we have been feeding, petting and getting to know him ever since. In the past couple weeks he has gotten more and more comfortable hanging around our property. Here he is sitting with me by the fire pit. He was watching the birds in the yard and the various interesting things around the yard. You can see that his face has healed and he has gained some weight…due to all the cat food he eats at our house. 

He has figured out that we no longer put food by the back door – too many possum sightings. He now has his own food and water bowl on the front porch. He uses the same cat door our cats use to get on the porch, and he sleeps in a couple comfortable places in the sun at various points during the day. If his bowl is empty, or close to empty, he comes to the back door and tells us about it. He wanders inside almost everyday now, staying just long enough to check out what our cats are eating and to say hello. He is a VERY talkative cat, and has begun following us around like a dog when we walk around or work outside. 

As he sat next to me today, I realized he belonged. He knew it, I knew it, the other cats knew it. It took a while to create a place and relationship where he felt he could relax and be himself. As I stepped over him to get out the front door, I knew he felt like he was one of our pack. He may not feel that way once I take him to get his shots and manhood removed…we may never see him again…but we do not need anymore stray kittens to tug at my heart and eat off our porch. 

Everyone needs a place where they feel like they belong. A place where they are part of the crew, the crowd, the family. Everyone needs to know that they are safe and cared for and will be paid attention to in good times and bad. Everyone needs somewhere to call home, a place to rest, a place to eat your fill then nap on the porch. Some of us have had that all our lives with family and friends. Others of us are still building that ‘place’ and forgiving enough to allow others to service our need and become our crew or pack. Some people do not know they need it, yet experience the hole in their lives without knowing what to call it. Some of us are serving others by providing that ‘place’ through friendship, comradery and making work a wonderful place to grow. Everyone needs a place…where is yours?