27 Apr 2021
Today for the first time, Emmanuel allows Oliver to occupy the space on the couch that used to be his buddy, Hakim’s.
Today is also full moon observation at Boudha Stupa. In the morning I lit a butter lamp to join the 1000 lamps being lit on behalf of animals by my friends there.
In 2 days’ time Hakim will have been gone 49 days. I continue to place a light at his picture daily even as I progressively put away his things.
These days when I touch Emmanuel, he doesn’t panic and run away like he used to when had Hakim’s protection.
After so many night of calling for Hakim, perhaps Emmanuel now understands that his brother is never coming back. He decides to accept my cuddling.
So here’s to a new path of less fear and more trust between these 2 boy cats and me.
And may all beings be given the grace to accept what cannot be changed, and the peace to embrace new beginnings.