Monday, September 15, 2014

Motivation Monday - Lessons from Critters

I love to watch my critters.  Believe it or not, you can learn much by observing them.  One thing that sticks out in my mind from last week, was my barn cats.  

I've posted about them before, Pumpkin and Midnight are sisters they are from a litter we had in 1999 - they are 15.  Midnight has a daughter, Patsy she is from a litter in 2006 - she is 8.  


Midnight caught this mouse earlier this summer


Midnight


Pumpkin


Patsy and the mouse she caught


Midnight and Pumpkin, over the years have caught hundreds of mice.  Mice that they each fed to Patsy.  Patsy, has been a spoiled little baby for years.  Over this past summer, I've noticed that Midnight and Pumpkin are slowing down, sleeping more and not "mousing" as much.  To my surprise, Patsy, has been hunting.  Now, she will catch mice and bring it to them.   

This had me thinking about a post on the circle of life.  As you know, we spent years taking care of our mom.   All daily tasks - we did for her.  I know that is how it goes, roles change - we all were blessed by the experience of caring for her.  I didn't see it as a chore, rather something I tried to do out of love.  

When I saw Patsy, bringing mice up to the porch for her mama and aunt, I thought about how her role has changed.  Her instincts must be helping her, as she never did much hunting.  I thought about my mom and my taking care of her.  I never really thought of animals doing this, but here is proof that they do.   

Sometimes, it is just the little things in life that teach us the greatest lessons.  On this Motivation Monday, I would hope this little story and life lesson from my critters, would encourage you to find ways to help the older family and friends in your life.  Before we know it, it will be us that needs the help.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

6 comments:

Liz said...

I feel blessed to be able to help my parents now that they are getting up there in age. They were always there for me and helped me in my younger years. It is an honor to return the favor. Wow, those kitties sure are doing good for 15 years old!

Justine said...

Aww!

Mary Ann said...

This is the most wonderful post! (and I love your apron!). I love cats, but I watch animals too... and they do phenomenal things, just as you saw!

TexWisGirl said...

oh, that is sweet.

Faye Henry said...

That is so neat and time does fly so fast and things reverse.. Life...xo

eileeninmd said...

Sweet post! I love your kitties! Enjoy your evening.