He was on the deck, in the middle of the night!!
I had come downstairs at 3:00 this morning, after having been up for hours with a touch of food poisoning.
The cats were ecstatic – EARLY BREAKFAST!! I put out their bowls, then strolled by the deck door to check for Sammy.
As some people know, Sammy was the outside cat I fed on the deck for 8 years. I was never able to get near him, but I provided a house, food and flea meds, which helped make his life easier.
He'd beaten the odds many times. Five months ago my beloved boy vanished, presumably lost to a coyote that had come through the woods that day.
But I NEVER stopped looking for him.
And at 3:00 this morning…there he was!!
My heart stopped – SAMMY! He was actually sleeping in the house!! I knocked on the door and he lifted up his head, so I knew he was ok! Tears streamed down my face as I ran into the kitchen to get his special food. As soon as I had fed him I’d call my friend, Judy, who knew that if he ever showed up again she’d get a call from me no matter what time it was.
The can opener turned and I took off the lid. Odd…the label was correct, but I could tell the food didn’t look quite right.
Then I noticed that the can opener was sitting on the table, and not on the counter.
Then I saw that the living room furniture was sitting in the kitchen.
And then I knew the heartbreaking truth – this was a dream!
I didn’t know I had gone back to sleep. I shot up in bed, and the realization that this was just a dream – that Sammy was NOT waiting for me on the deck – tore me to pieces. To have that joy ripped away was gut-wrenching. It had felt so real…so unbelievably real.
I sobbed buckets of tears...and then I finally stopped crying for him.
But I will never...ever...stop looking for him.
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