One fine evening, about a month ago, as I travelled home from work, I went through this back alley where I met this lovely cat. The cat was really shy, and would hide away from me as I approached his position. He seemed very scared, but as I crouched and stayed still for a while, he decided to come out from his hiding, and walked directly towards me. I put my hand on his head, gently patting him, and he then grazed the top and back of his head on my palm.
There and then, as simple as that, a friendship was made.
Ever since, every evening, the cat would wait for me eagerly to walk pass the alley. I would walk to the cat, and played with him for a while. The thing about back-alley is, you have lots of "cat-toys", such as strings, straws and plastic bags where you can get the cat to be really playful. Usually I do not stay long, just play with the cat for a few minutes, and then I would walked on. Days became weeks, and now it has been a month. The cat waited for me every single day without fail.
All photographs were taken with Olympus PEN E-PL1 and MZ 14-42mm mk1 kit lens.
Sometimes I do wonder, are we really that much better than animals? I enjoyed my bond with the cat. It was an honest relationship. The cat did not expect anything from me in return, as I did not provide food or shelter. I did not expect anything from the cat, obviously. All we did was just stay with each other, everyday, just for that little while, and enjoyed each others' company, no more, no less. There was no drama, no surprises. No lying, no backstabbing. No going around telling people lies behind your back. No turning their backs on you, no hidden agenda. No conflicts and no contradictions. Just plain, honest relationship, between a boy and a cat.
We do have a lot to learn, humanity is too flawed.
A few days ago, I got news that I will be stationed at a construction site for full time supervision tasks, hence I will be away from my main office for quite a while. On this particular evening, I decided to bring my E-PL1 and say goodbye to the cat before disappearing. It was weird, because I knew I will be missing the cat. Hence, I made some photos of him, so I will remember this friendship, no matter how brief and simple it was.
This time, the cat had caught a mouse, and apparently the mouse already died. He was still toying around with the mouse, like any other cats would, before finally devouring it. Or maybe not even eat it at all, I do not know. The cat allowed me to get close, and did not mind my presence at all while he was playing with his "trophy". I had a great time watching the cat play on his own. With all my heart, I sure hope the cat will be alright on his own. I am not sure if he will remember me after being gone for so long. Perhaps he wont even be alive during my return.
What I do know, is that both of us treasured the mutual friendship that we had. The joy of just being by the cat's side was unmeasurable, and I will forever remember him. I did not give the cat a name, because I call the cat, a friend.
Have you had a similar story between you and an animal you have encountered? Do share !!