Written by Mike Shanks
The strange thing I wonder is why?
Why did we connect?
Without you I feel that I would not have had a home, for home is more than just walls and roof. Home is the safety of one’s warm embrace, the love of a companion, no matter your whereabouts.
It would seem, looking back, reminiscing at what got us here today, we had more than luck. It was as if we were in the hands of something or someone higher, holding us with compassion knowing we just needed that comfort beneath us.
You came to me when I needed you. Helpless and alone, you needed me as much as I needed you. I was alone and fear was overtaking my life, nowhere to go and no one to help. I focused on you, giving my life over to ensure yours was safe. It is amazing what happens when you give, whole heartedly, without expectations. Life seems to open up in front of you.
When I first left Mum’s flat I knew it would be tough. I couldn’t bare to watch her life spiral into the needle any longer. I had to leave, I had to let go. Watching the woman who once coddled me as a babe now vomiting until she was unconscious is not something I wish on anyone. I left her a note telling her I would be stronger than her. She did a good job raising me, despite her addictions.
When Brad and I first met, you were still so young. As with any young lovers, Brad and I had our troubles. Who imagined I would fall for this young man, so tall, so dark, so handsome. The hatred of some seemed unbearable. The times you listened and let me work through my issues. You sat and listened. No judgment, no unsolicited advice, just quiet, soulful listening. You never said a word you just silently provided the support that was needed.
Today I look forward and wonder how my home will change. The twins do not know life without you. They barely comprehend life as a concept and now this. You lie there, shallow in breath having given so much without even considering yourself, truly an odd thing for a cat. Today I say good bye to you looking back at how you helped shape my life. Thank you for rescuing me as I rescued you from the streets of London.