“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. if you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal.” -C.S. Lewis
growing up, i always had dogs; once i even had a pet cow named untoy but i never had a cat. the closest i ever got to a cat was my friend’s cat that i would see once in a while when i went over to his house. his name was morris. i was so scared of him and he hated me. i never thought in a million years i’d be a cat owner but peace corps has made me do things i never thought i’d do before starting with moving to morocco for 2 years. anyway, when the opportunity came up for me to adopt a cat i was surprised at how quickly i jumped on it considering the fact that i had no prior knowledge of how to care for a cat (i didn’t even know how to clean a litter box!) and i was on a tight budget given my peace corps income and cat food plus litter is an equivalent of about two weeks worth of fruits and vegetables at souk. i guess i must have been really lonely living alone for the very first time in my life in my tiny little village apartment or something. a year and a half later, adopting mitts mitts was probably one of the best decisions i’ve ever made in my life. and as i think about saying good bye to her in the next few days, it just makes me so sad to have to leave her. it won’t be easy, but i know she will be in a good place. her new human seems to be a really nice person and i’m sure in due time, mitts will love her too. so good bye mittens, cat-cat loooooooove…i will miss you always.