As in Starry Night of course.
It was a blustery cold January, just two months ago, when Bob mentioned a kitten around his work facility in the Bronx. The babe’s mother was nearby, frozen to death. This little one kept pawing at Bob’s ankles, even climbed up his pant leg -easily winning him over. Bob and his co-worker decided, “This will be our office mascot, we’ll take him in and care for him!” After two days, that commitment was inadequate. The hurdle at home was, admittedly, me.
For two years since Maggie died, ( Maggie and the Gospel Truth) her 1/2 feral Becky notably grieved and then became increasingly malcontent. Our vet did not recommend getting another cat as Becky (now over 17 years old), never liked anyone except Maggie and was very antisocial. Every night for the past two years, Becky would wake up between 2 and 3am yelling and crying for me to sleep with her. She never liked Bob!
After two years of poor sleep, I insisted about 100 times, “We’re never getting another cat. Becky is the last one, don’t even think of it!”
One hundred proclamations dissolved within 5 minutes of meeting Starry.
He was first named ‘Star’ after the facility name, ‘Starhill’. “But”, I said, “animal studies find that they like and answer to names that end in vowel sounds like eeee….that’s it, STARRY. Like Starry Night!”
Starry stirred up love everywhere, a real cuddle master! Everyone wanted him, “Can we share custody?” “NO!”
The odd bend in his tail, flopping down like a broken branch, only endeared us more until one day…..it fell off!! And he was playing with it like a toy!
Away from home, we brought him to Urgent Vet Clinic where it was found his tail had suffered damage most likely from frostbite. This led to his first operation….a partial tail-ectomy! What a trooper!
That did not stop him at all…
After five weeks at my parents house, time to head to the city…and prepare for operation #2! Starry is no less of a boy for it but you know…
How did things go with baby Starry and crabby Becky? Starry loved Becky right away, was anxious to play! Becky surprised us all…after a time of growling, paw swiping, and hissing there was blissful tolerance! Who knows, it may even lead to friendship!
The Lord melted all my proclamations in 5 minutes and perked up our hearts in many ways.
“I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are Mine.”
Yes Lord, and You surely know those out in the Bronx streets and they are Yours. Thank You for calling Starry Night and giving him to us!