This past Halloween I was able to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters for the first time in many years. I was surprised to discover that what delighted me most was not the kids; it was my 16 year-old cat, Kiya, who is not as spry or fun-loving as she used to be (or so I thought).
She had come into the living room to sit in my lap, something she rarely does any more, and when the knock came at the door she made it clear that she wanted to go, too.
As I picked her up I noticed how light she felt, and how fragile. My self-titled “Princess” was truly getting old, and I felt a surge of affection for her as I realized how many years of history we shared.
Holding Kiya in one arm and the bowl of candy in the other, I opened the door. The two older kids we greeted were delighted to see her; they admired her beauty and petted her gently. Kiya was so happy; she purred the entire time!
And at that moment a forgotten memory surfaced. When she was younger I would dress as a witch to hand out the candy and Kiya would ask to perch on my shoulders while I answered the door. She loved doing it, and so did I.
It was a gift to recall those long ago days and be able to share a moment of that with her once again.
Next year, if Kiya wishes, I’ll carry her to the door every time.
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A WILD WAY TO HEAL
Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing LLC, is an animal communicator, Reiki Master Teacher, shamanic energy healer, and author. Her classes, sessions and ceremonial work are inspired by wild and domestic animals who have issued a call to action for personal and global healing.
Her book Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism features heartwarming stories about animals and their role in her evolution as an energy worker and shamanic healer.