8.05.2013

No Words Necessary

little hunter

We had a thousand different ways 
for calling each other up
from across the room.
None of which involved words.

This little hunter I've nicknamed Artemis has been visiting my studio window every morning for the last month. I get to watch her tease birds, dogs, and squirrels while taking in the sun.

She's a constant reminder of how much I miss my cats. 

Relationships with cats work for me and one of the many reasons is because the majority of our emotional connection involves nonverbal communication. I don't know if other introverts feel the same way about animals, but there is such a peacefulness when being with them. We can just be together and rest in the presence of another without talking.

Until this last year of living in their absence, I had never truly appreciated the magnitude of the gift they gave me -- their quiet patience, wisdom, and a language without words

9 comments:

  1. Beth, I had no idea you lost her... I knew about your other little one... and yes, no words are needed especially when that bond is so tight... I've got that w/mine!

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    1. forgot to mention this, some may think I am harsh or crazy... when I had to put my dog down, that was one of the worst days... seems like I mourn animals more than humans... I came to that after losing a few family members.. maybe its because animals can not use language to communicate- they can only convey thru looks, sound, or action...animals and children are so innocent- they don't seem to dwell on 'why me' as much as adults do...they seem to have a certain grace about it.

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    2. Wow, I'm really glad you mentioned this! I agonized over putting them down too because I was waiting for them to give me a sign that it was time. I wanted reassurance that I was doing the right thing. Now I look back and I see that in their own language they were giving me the sign, but I just didn't "get" it because I was wanting verbal communication. Thank you so much for sharing this insight. I hadn't thought about this before. Blessings to you!

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    3. this will make u laugh... when i decided to take my dog in, she looked at me as if to say "well its about time, u got it!"... she was always afraid of the vet.. she knew if we traveled more than 10 min. in the van she would start panting and whining.... dumb me, thought putting her in bed w/me (night before the decision) would comfort her, no way! she jumped out of bed and went into hiding... we humans are dumb... i guess putting her in bed w/me was more of a comfort to ME-- how selfish I was.

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    4. Haha! The same over here. When I look back at how long they had been giving me the thumbs up and I just wasn't choosing to listen boggles my mind. They are so gentle and understanding of our needs for comfort. Such a precious gift they give us of their patience and tolerance :)

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    5. I was thinking she was smart enough to know that a vet knew what to do.. but in my case, she probably just wanted to put distance between her and the crazy lady! lol

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    6. LOL! From one crazy lady to another, I know that look :)

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  2. Peacefulness, indeed! Think that's why I prefer being around animals than most humans. True! And I do mourn my four-footed companions more than humans who take the journey to the other side. Maybe because they are always a constant, non-judgmental, loving companion. Beth, I'm glad Artemis is visiting you every day (: She must know you need that.

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    1. I hadn't thought about how their unconditional love might be one of the things I am mourning. Thanks so much for that insight! When I was experiencing some grief a year ago, I beautiful golden lab appeared to me in a dream and just his look of understanding gave me so much peace and comfort. Animals seem to know where they are needed most, so I feel lucky to have her visits!! xoxo Beth

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