He heard me call and was emerging from the shrubbery across the street when a mom and her little boy were passing by on a morning walk.
The boy made a beeline for Smokey and bent down to pet my wild guy.
“Be careful…he’s got wounds all over him and he might scratch you!”
His mom came over and whispered, “he’s autistic and ADD…he’s amazing with cats”.
I wasn’t sure what that meant…but Smokey was letting the youngster pet him.
The mom and I started conversing about all the neighborhood felines and how they knew that I fed many of them.
The little boy stopped petting the Big Smoke and was turning toward us…and Smokey reached out a claw and nailed him.
The child though, was smiling from ear to ear, despite a bleeding scratch.
“I know who you are…you’re the cat man”!
His mom started sinking into the pavement as the boy finished his thought…”and I’m just like you!”
As his mom inspected the scratch, Cinnabon came bounding up the sidewalk and I knelt down to pick her up and introduce her to the boy.
She bounded right past me and straight to the boy.
Miss Kitty emerged from the house for her morning constitutional and …went straight to the kid.
Smokey was sitting by his shrubbery waiting for the boy to return.
I was in the presence of someone special.
I was in the presence of joy as the cats swirled about the child’s legs and he petted and received them all.
I apologized for Smokey, but the boy would have none of it.
“He was just trying to bring me back…he doesn’t have thumbs, so he has to use a claw. He knows I love him now, so we’re friends. We’ll always be friends.”
They started walking back to their house around the corner…with Cinnabon following behind.
Cats don’t follow anybody….usually.
I have pondered this encounter for a week…a boy with “disabilities”, and a secret super power.
The power of love.
Love that produces a joy that can’t be contained.
Love that doesn’t count consider injury or offense.
Love that is so real it’s contagious and draws its recipients out from wherever they are.
Love that lifts everyone and everything it touches.
Love that makes you want to follow the loving one everywhere they go.
This little boy was much more like Someone else I know than like me…
I didn’t have the heart to tell him to stick with cats…people don’t respond as well.
Make your own application…