Happy Thanksgiving!

What’s that you say? You’re not in the US? What does that have to do with being thankful?

Even though I don’t have any fond memories of any holidays in my life, I am thankful. For the first time in my life I’m starting to collect some good memories. Not many, but enough so that when I look back, my mind finally has a choice between bad memories and good memories. I finally have a choice, however sparse, at the moment.

Because of my myriad of mental health issues – the main one being Major Depressive Disorder, which leaves me paralyzed to do anything much of the time – I have a wonderful caregiver. Her name is Dora and only speaks Spanish. She’s from Sonora, Mexico and came to the US years ago.

From the very beginning, I’ve requested that all of my caregivers speak Spanish, exclusively. I don’t want to lose my ability to speak the language through lack of practice. Dora has been my caregiver for pretty close to 5 years now. I love her because she doesn’t judge me. She doesn’t ask me why I do this, or why don’t I do that. She respects me. The caregiver I had before her was always asking, Why? Why not? She never respected my choices.

My cat, Luna, loves Dora and she feels the same way about Luna. Whenever she comes over and cleans a bit, she’ll spend about an hour playing with Luna, then get back to cleaning. Here’s a couple of photos I took of Dora playing with Luna on Luna’s third birthday last month (October)

Luna’s full name is ‘Luna de Miel’ which literally means ‘Honeymoon’ in Spanish. I named her Luna because of her black, white and grey colors of the moon. Dora mentioned that she had eyes the color of honey. That’s when I thought I’d add ‘de Miel’ to her name.

She’s the first tabby I’ve ever had and I did some research on them. I learned that there are 5 types of tabbies. Some sites say there are as many as 9 types! After much studying and comparing the various markings with those of Luna’s, I discovered that she is a Mackerel tabby.

Of all the cats I’ve had she is the least affectionate, except while I’m in the bathroom doing my business. She’ll follow me into the bathroom and proceed to head butt my legs, do figure eights around my legs, and stand still awaiting a back scratch, all the while purring up a storm.

She is the first cat I’ve ever had who will not sleep with me. Many times, when she walks past me, I put my hand out to stroke her and she’ll shrink from my touch and make a quick get-away. She’s the first cat I’ve ever had who doesn’t listen to the word ‘no’. She’s definitely not stupid; just very independent minded.

There is hope, though! A couple of times last month while falling asleep on the couch, I woke up with her asleep on my lap! I was so dumbfounded and beside myself with joy! The other time, I woke up to find her laying beside me. When I woke up, she looked at me as if to say, “What are you looking at? Don’t get too excited.” Then she proceeded to jump off the couch. She didn’t want her mom to get a big head. I have hopes that as she gets older she’ll be more affectionate. Maybe I’m dreaming. I don’t know. No matter. I love her very much, regardless.

Well, I suppose this isn’t the usual Thanksgiving message, but that’s okay, because it seems most people I know aren’t in the US anyway. Go figure! LOL!

I’m hopeful that someday they’ll successfully cross spiders with turkeys. That way we’ll have 8 drumsticks! Now THAT’S what I call progress!

Whether you’re in the US or not, what are you thankful for?

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