A love letter to a cat? Why not? At least Andrew thought it might
work. This is an actual love letter written by a boy to his cat.

But before you read the letter, you must understand this about
the cat. She is about as affectionate as a cactus. And besides,
she goes to great lengths to avoid Andrew. She would rather sleep
the day away in one of her many hiding places scattered
throughout the boy's house than be near him. And on one of those
rare occasions when she makes an appearance, he can forget about
touching her. If he never has anything to do with her, that is
all right by the cat.

The boy tries his best to be nice. He looks for her, searching
the house for an occupied hiding place, and feels abundantly
grateful if he should stumble upon his treasure. He is
occasionally allowed to stroke her once or twice before she flits
off. He even feeds her, hoping to eventually win her confidence
and perhaps even a bit of affection. But he is seldom rewarded
with anything like attention.

Now that you know something about the cat, whose name is
Mehitabel, by the way, what about the love letter? It was found
next to the cat's food dish. This is what it said: "To cat (he
couldn't spell Mehitabel!): I love you. Before you love me I will
love you more. Love, Andrew. Meow!"

What a selfless love! "I love you. Before you love me I will love
you more." That is the kind of patient love a parent may have for
a child. And the kind of love God has for us, God's children.

There is something beautifully excessive about a love that says,
"Before you love me I will love you more." I believe we can use
more excessive lovers!


This story came in email. I tried to find out who the authoress is so I could tell her that the parents of this little boy must have set an exceptionally good example! and give a credit line here. But was unable to track down that information.

Mouse and Cat :o)

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