I am very ready!
I am asking for your healing thoughts for Mazal the Cat, who has been meowing miserably all day, clearly in some sort of discomfort. I have left a message for the vet, and hope he can see her tomorrow. It's awful not to be able to hear precisely what the matter is; just "something's wrong".
People tell me that I must expect this when a cat reaches her age (she's about 17). In fact, it's very much like what people say when I have discovered a stiff finger, one ear weaker than the other, the absolute need for reading glasses; or the worst, a leaky memory: they tell me I'm getting older. Evidently some parts wear out quicker than other parts...
Meanwhile, my poor cat is meowing unhappily, and may not understand why I'm not doing anything about it. It's because I do not know what to do, not because I do not care.
Her habits have been changing in the last month or two: she no longer comes upstairs to tuck me in every night. In fact, she rarely does; but there are days when she is there beside my head in the morning, as if she had been there all night. I think she is changing behavior bit by bit in order to prepare me for the time when she won't be there at all. What a sophisticated program for a cat to introduce.
I wish us all a deeply peaceful and restorative shabbos.
I don't know how to post a youtube link here, so I will suggest: Leonard Cohen's "Anthem" at his last London concert; beautiful.