It was a bittersweet day. I was walking across the bridge with little Smudge this morning to try to find his mama when I realized I’d gosh darn gone and gotten attached to the little bugger!
Rule No. 1 – NEVER NAME THEM
Rule No. 2 – DON’T SLEEP WITH THEM. This builds a mutual bond that slowly creeps up on you, and you suddenly realize your heart is unexpectedly breaking when it’s time to let them go.
I didn’t find the mother, but I found another cat with some older kittens. I spent quite a bit of time trying to acquaint them, but there was this horrible little boy who was very rough with the cats. He kept pushing and grabbing them and being a thorough nuisance. There was no way I was leaving sweet Smudge with them!
One of the people I was traveling with said there was a temple nearby. Knowing Buddhist monks follow certain precepts of kindness and responsibility, I felt confident they would take Smudge.
I wasn’t wrong. Boon Young was swift to assure me they would take him, and immediately gave him a bowl of fish, broth, and rice. Smudge wasted no time in stepping into the bowl and going to town 🙂
My little Smudge,
I didn’t mean to love you. I hope I did the right thing by leaving you with these monks. I hope they feed you properly, as a growing kitty needs. I hope you find someone to snuggle with at night, and make friends to explore with during the day. I am sorry to have to leave you behind. I’m so sorry.
With my trembling heart,
A Lonely New York Girl