Here's a series of Outpours that will be communicated from me to you.. These Eye Openers have come late, BUT proper. These incidences have made me realize so many simple facts of Life.
I always wondered how people could spend precious moments discussing their Pets. Let me add here that I AM an Animal Lover too, and have kept ALL the possible Pets at home when small - Dogs, Rabbits,White rats, Chicks, Parrots, Cats; except Monkeys. It too had arrived for keeps but my Grandma (Nanna) put her foot down and gave the ultimatum, "Either he or me!" Dada, my elder brother, tried his utmost, even luring her by the promises that the Primate will be a companion and helping hand to her.....but all in vain.
But here l am talking about Self Imposed pets, whom You DON'T bring, they themselves barge into your place thinking it to be a Safe Haven AND you are obliged to make them feel so.
You see a stray female canine had become a Pet at my In-Laws' place. Papa and Ma talked about her as though she was a part of our family, discussed her well-being (she was rickety), enjoyed her antics, spoke about her achievements and felt blissfully happy when she rested near their feet in the evenings, in TOTAL SURRENDER.
It felt really weird. such spiritually high people finding solace in a BEZUBAAN (one who can't speak) animal. Till my husband befriended two tiny, hungry kittens..
Today, our day starts with their whereabouts, where they slept, where they spent their night, their safety, their meals.. Now we too talk about their playful acrobatics, their clumsy hunting techniques, their upbringing and their future.
How many times I had tried to have them caught and sent to Care Homes, requested the Security to bundle them up and drop them FAR from my house, stopped feeding them so that they stopped coming to us. I could not bear to see my small garden dug up for their Post meal Business.. I Didn't Want them around AT ALL.
Now it is an entirely different scene. We await their arrival in the morning, watch them tumble in their padded box and converse with them in the new language we have learnt. They are our good TIME PASS friends and we adore them.
You see NOW I understand why Papa and Ma found solace in that stray pet. They did not feel the absence of family members for a major part of the day, kept themselves occupied in these small talks and enjoyed their leisure. AND SO DO WE. Our son goes to work quite early, returns home pretty late and is a passionate musician. SO WE TOO find solace in talking about our cute Pass Times......