Thursday, February 02, 2006
There's Something About Fergus
There's a line I really love in The Tribe of Tiger by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas. It says
"It is as if Gaia has said to the cats: Here, my beauties-the information you need in order to hunt, mate, fight, yowl, be cautious, raise children, is safely packed in the back of your brains. Save your forebrains for whatever creative inventions may strike you; use your wits to amuse yourselves and me."
Fergus used his wits in many ways to amuse himself and me. More than any cat I have ever known. And that is why I can't imagine another ever taking his place. I'm sure there will be another, we need them to get through this life and they need us for security and comfort in this crazy world. But I can't imagine another quite stealing my heart like he did.
I have Phantom Cat Syndrome. I see him everywhere and I can't imagine that bright spirit is truly gone from this world.