Conversations with my Rabbi / Lori Mendel
Blog #14, Jan. 5, 2021
Here and Not Here
The cat likes to play with me. She chases a ball and jumps around. She goes for a walk with me. She likes to sit on my lap when I am reading. She purrs. She is a great comfort.
But…for three days she was not around.She left!I was bereft!Was she seduced by the neighbor’s food treats?
I tried to come to terms with this.I had enjoyed her company…maybe that was all there was.How did I know it would be forever?I didn’t.I treasured the time we had had together and figured I would have to move on.
Then I realized that the cat didn’t like the workmen fixing things and making noise around the house. When they left, she came back!Everything was as before!
At about the same time, I am witness to the breakup of a couple I thought would be together forever. They were happy and delighted with each other, sharing a full and rich life. But something happened and he is gone.
I don’t think he will come back.They each will have to treasure the time they had had together.
Yes, I thought of my own love from long ago who is not here.