Monday, August 21, 2006

In Memoriam

Buddy the Cat

1988 - 2006

I was able to give Buddy Reiki two days before he died. When sitting with him, giving warm energy to his very cool body, I began to reflect upon the nature of dying. This is not new for me (I contemplated the nature of death at the age of four). But, this time Buddy's human companion and I were wondering why death is so often drawn out, and why we can't always slip away smoothly in the night, breaths getting slower and slower until they just stop. Why the hospitals and vets and tubes and medications and complications, we wondered. We knew there were no answers, but as we talked, questioning the human and animal ability to "hold on" to this life, we felt it important to tell Buddy that he could go anytime he wanted.

On Saturday, Buddy slipped out calmly and gracefully into the night.

Friday, August 18, 2006

No sense of time

My grandmother cannot remember what she had for lunch today, but she can remember that in the 1980s, when we came to her house to visit, we had hotdogs for lunch and mircrowaved
them for exactly 45 seconds.