Welcome to the final installment of Life Lessons from Lola, a series
about an adorable kitten who traveled
lots of miles and stole lots of hearts in her journey to Terry and me. Last
week I told you about our trip home from Atlanta and the cool reception we
received. I shouldn’t have been worried because the longer I know Lola, the
more I understand:
Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets – Even If It Takes a
kept a close eye on Lola, especially around Max because of his
almost feral response to her. It took him a couple of days to stop hissing and
growling anytime she came close to him.
Timmy showed his scorn by leaving the
room when Lola entered—and refusing to eat when she was present. That last
tactic proved to be part of his undoing because Timmy likes his morning treats.
Although Lola cut a wide berth around
Max, she didn’t seem to notice their rejection. In fact, she took advantage of
their retreats from the food bowls.
The Lola Effect
texts tell how Terry was adjusting to the little interloper during that first
Tuesday, November 11
Me: Terry and Timmy are softening about Lola. T
said both boys would be ok in a week so maybe…
Maria: Just see what happens
Wednesday, November 12
Me: Lola’s making progress with all 3 boys.
Maria: Has she sat
with Terry yet?
Me: No, but he’s picked her up and nuzzled her a
few times. While Timmy & Max were snubbing me, Tim sat in his lap. They know
who the traitor is!
Timmy likes to sit close to us, but normally he’s not a lap cat.)
Texts with Brady:
Me: Lola’s playfulness is fascinating the boys.
Brady: glad to hear
it’s starting to work out. I’m a little bit glad I’ll be able to see her when I
go home in a couple of weeks.
What a Difference a Week Makes
the following week while I out doing errands, Terry called to tell me his
brother had offered to take Lola. I hemmed and hawed and finally told him I
didn’t want to let her go. And he agreed. So we thanked Jerry but told him no.
Me: Uncle Jerry offered to take Lola, but I told
him he was a week too late. We couldn’t give her up.
I texted Brady:
and It Feels So Good
Everyone came home for
Thanksgiving so Emily and Brady got to spend some time with Lola. It was sweet
to watch the reunions. I think they both enjoyed it and understood that Lola
was better off right where she currently is.
Emily and Lola picked right back
up where they left off.
Brady knows she’s
better off with us, yet…
We’ve come a long way, Baby
I’ve already told you I had
no intentions of ever owning another female cat, but Lola had other ideas.
Actually, I guess you might say she owns me now.
And, you know what? I’m loving
it. She’s is a sweet companion and full of life.
Terry was hooked within the first
week. The payoff for him is two kitties who will sit in his lap. (Timmy seems
to be getting in the habit of it.)
Timmy had no intention of opening
his heart to Lola, but he didn’t yet understand her charm. She has chosen him as
her main playmate.
|Lie still, Lola.|
Even Max, a solitary sort who interacts
with everyone on his terms, has come around. He likes to pretend he doesn’t
care, but he also finds Lola’s irresistible—especially when she joins him
a game of fetch.
And Lola. She’s so occupied with the
discoveries of kitten-hood that she seems completely unaware of her influences
in our household.
But if she were to stop long enough to consider it, she’d
find that she’s brought joy to us. We all love Lola.
I wish we were all as
open to life’s possibilities as she is.
to Be Learned:
We should never say never, especially where God’s creatures are concerned. And one thing’s for sure, if we hold back, we
could miss a blessing.
Do I look at the new people and opportunities that come into my life as gifts
We ought always to give thanks to God for
you, brothers, as is right,
because your faith is growing
the love of every one of you for one
another is increasing.
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