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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Breaking news! Mr. Bradshaw returns!


I saw the usual suspects lining up on hay bales last night when I did barn feedings. And out of the corner of one eye, I saw a black tail flash by outside the barn doors. But all the black tailed cats were sitting before me...my head flashed a thought..could it be? Mr. Bradshaw rushed up towards me with a somewhat chagrined expression...kind of like he knew all the fuss I was showing was especially for him but he wasn't sure why.

Oddly, he looked magnificent. Healthy, well fed, and his tail was especially fluffy, almost like he'd been to the beauty parlor.

"Where have you been????" I quizzed him over and over while I searched for any signs of wounds. Where he went, or what made him return after 2 weeks or so, I'll never know.

My step was lighter going back to the house last night. When someone dies, and you have visits with them in your dreams, it's such a gift. The dreams can be so vivid, that waking can be bitter sweet, but still those nightly visits are to be cherished. It would be nice if all those that have left could come back to me, walk up to me casually in the barn when I least expect it. But this one time someone did come back, and he was in real time. It just felt...hopeful.

10 comments:

Cathy said...

SUCH wonderful news! If only he could tell you about his adventure.

bbmowery said...

Oh, yay! I am so glad that he returned. :)

I was just writing about this a couple weeks ago, that all my ghosts visit my dreams. Funny how comforting that is. Once in a dream my father, grandfather, and cousin came with me to visit my grandmother. I told Mom about it, and she replied, "You realize you were the only living person in your dream...?" Yes. And it was a really nice dream, like a family reunion.

maccandace said...

That's wonderful news! It would be so nice to know why and where he went.

DellaRae said...

Sometimes we all have secrets, this will probably always be one of Mr. Bradshaw's.

Pat said...

I had a cat come back and it does feel wonderful. You will tell if Mr Bradshaw relents and tells you?

Kathy said...

That is so cool. Don't you wish you knew his story? I wish I could figure out what my animals are thinking sometimes. Other times I know what they are thinking and it usually involves food. LOL

Apifera Farm said...

Hi all, and thanks-

Cathy - maybe Phinias is next to return??

bb- I have many nice dreams of having dinner with my parents and my dad always looks so nice [he loved nice clothes and ties] and they are always so pleasant, like you say.

Mac,Della, Pat - I know, he definately knows something. I'm going to work on it, through another cat.

Zan Asha said...

Hooray! This is indeed a wonderful surprise ;)

Ahh, cats--the mighty keeper of secrets--perhaps he left to continue that funny mystery that cats seem to always encompass..just to remind you of his "cat-ness" :)

Blackfeatherfarm said...

Wonderful news ! Oh, the stoies these animals could tell......

ThrtnWmsFam said...

Glad for you that your cat returned. We had to let our two dogs go this week and we're all completely broken up about it. Embrace him! Vikki at www.homesteadingbasics.blogspot.com, www.backyardgrocerygardening.blogspot.com and www.survival-cooking.com

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