Sunday, August 02, 2015

Her name was Gloria, but I called her Munchkin

Baby Gloria (Photo Shagio-Chen)
April 30 2015 sitting on her favorite fuzzy blanket
Sleepy Baby April 19 2015
July 12 2005 - August 1 2015


Terwiliger said...

Hello Yo.

I visit your page from time to time, but I refrain from commenting because I simply cannot fathom the gravity of much of what you write about, and I prefer to remain silent in my ignorance as I try to get some kind of a grasp on the circumstances you live in.

Gloria was a beautiful animal. I'm sorry for your loss. It's wondrous how those little creatures can have such character and touch us in remarkable ways. A family member moved in with my family and brought a sweet but elderly cat with him. I didn't want to get attached to the cat because it was 12 years old, and I worried about the pain I would feel from what I was sure was imminent loss. Guess who the cat bonded with? Moreover, that cat lived more than 5 more years, reached me in a way that few people can, and that little animal taught me a very valuable lesson about living in the moment.

Now--let me tell you what brought me here today--this is a funny story. It's rambling, but I'll try to make it brief.

I heard "Mother and Child Reunion" by Paul Simon today. Not being familiar with the concept of "pareve", I wondered if there might be a Kosher prohibition on dishes with both chicken and eggs in them that was somehow similar to the prohibition on meat and dairy.

I took to the Internet to find the answer, and I came across this paragraph in one person's explanation on Yahoo Answers. I thought it was hilarious--and I thought you might get a welcome laugh from it, too. Here goes:

Eggs (not fertilized) can be used consumed with cream, cheeses, salads etc . They can also be mixed with chicken and other ingredients which are Kosher. There are certain parts of the chicken which cannot be eaten and we call this "falafel".

My sides and back ache from laughter. I certainly intend no offense to the original poster, but it reminds me of some of the confused notions people of my own faith sometimes express (& I must admit I've erred numerous times myself).

Could Flinchy have been a vigilante because chick peas are a forbidden part of the chicken?

I hope you're doing well.



Yocheved Menashe, B.A.A.S., M.A. said...

Hi T:

Thank you so much for your response. I had a really difficult time when Munchie left. I'm all alone in the world and I had gotten more attached to her than I even knew. Telling myself "Yo, it's cat - not a person, get a grip!" didn't help.
I've since gotten a kitten and that has really helped, she's gorgeous looking, but with the cutest face ever. Soon I'll put her pictures up.
Again, thanks for writing.