I moved to a new city in September for work, and in doing so it was the first time I was officially living alone in over 5 years. It was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. And, to be honest, I would not want to go through what I did ever again. A lot of crying, feeling lonely, and thinking I made a huge mistake. I packed my stuff in a UHaul and left my sister and old life behind. It was time for me to become myself.
I moved into this ADORABLE apartment. And I mean PERFECT for me. It has to be the best place I’ve ever lived in- colorful walls, kitchen back-splash, free laundry, walk-in closet. But something was missing. I had left my friends (or the ones I still had) and my sister to start a job where I knew no one. I always wanted to be at work because when I went home I would get lonely and depressed. One evening I ventured onto the Cedar Rapids Adoption website and saw a few cats that I was interested in. I always thought I wanted a male cat so I could tell everyone “I don’t need a man in my life, I have my cat,” but the one that caught my eye in particular was this beautiful cat named Myrtle.
The next day I drove to the shelter and met other cats that were on my list. I actually was really interested in a Siamese named Claire. But when I opened Myrtle’s cage and she crawled on my lap, there was an instant connection. She would follow me around with this cute chirp-meow. Gorgeous green eyes and a lovely white fur necklace. I stayed at the shelter until they closed, not wanting to leave. The next day I drove my sister to the shelter to meet Myrtle and the day after that Myrtle was in my car and became a permanent tenant in my home. I still to this day can’t believe she had been at that shelter for over 6 months, stuck in a cage just waiting for someone to take her home. We were meant to be together.
To all of you out there that feel lonely, I honestly believe that a connection with an animal one way to feel better a lot faster. I don’t know your situation and you don’t know all of mine, but I promise you, Myrtle has brought me happiness I haven’t had in a long time. I’m not saying I’m 100%, but the difference from how I was to how I am now is night and day.
Even as I write this blog-post, she’s competing with my laptop on who gets to be on my lap…
…usually she ends up winning. But who could argue with this lovely face?