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The Encounter With Melody The Cat

The Encounter With Melody The Cat

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"I want a kitten when I'm 6 years old!" - My daughter used to say this when she was 4.

 We told her we couldn't have any more pet because we've already had 2 dogs and a hamster.

2 years later in April, my daughter's hamster, Cake the First suddenly said good-bye.

I've never known 5 year-old could cry and capable of grieving. She cried and cried for a long time.

 

In late May, she started telling me "We are going to have a kitten, right? Because I will be 6 in June. Right, mama??"

I couldn't say YES or NO but she told friends and neighbors that she was going to have a kitten after turning into a 6 year-old in June.

 

On the 4th of June, a day before my daughter's 6th birthday.

Someone parked his car in my parking space, so I had to park mine on the street, which was truly unusual for me.

While taking stuff out of my car, suddenly, I heard cute meowing.

"Meeeoooow! Meeeoooow! ! Meow!!!"

It was obviously kittens, seemed to call their mom.

My mother instinct kicked in. I dropped everything and started searching for kittens.

I was seeing only rocks, leaves and parked cars, desperately looking for kittens.

 

All of a sudden, one tiny tabby kitten, wobbling out between rocks.

 

"Found you!"

 

I found total 4 kittens, snuggling inside of the rock. They were still about a few weeks old.

We rescued all of them. We went to the store to get a few cans of kitten milk, and spent the restless night.

As I was driving a car to the store, my daughter said "Mama! I will pick this one!", holding up a tiny tuxedo cat, now Melody.

My daughter was so in love with her that she gave her English name for this cat.

The following day, we dropped off the rest of 3 kittens at a local animal shelter and decided to welcome Melody as our family.

 

A few days later. My daughter told me she believed her beloved hamster, Cake the First sent a kitten as her 6th birthday present.

"Maybe Melody IS Cake the First... Then why she turned into the worst enemy of rodents, mama?!" - She cracked me up.

 

My daughter was extremely happy to have a "little sister." She gave Melody a bottle, singing lullabies and even walking her around with a baby carrier.

 

Since we welcomed Melody into our house, my daughter and Melody are inseparable.

They have a very special, strong bond between them.

Melody has been working very hard as a snuggle buddy every night in my daughter's room.

 

「6さいになったらネコがほしいっ!!」と言い出したのは、娘が4歳の頃。

 

「犬とハムスターがいるから無理よ」とずっと言い続けた2年後の4月頃。

娘の大好きだったCake the First (ケーキ一世)が突然いなくなってしまいました。

毎晩のように泣く娘。食欲もなくなってしまいました。

6月の誕生日が近づくにつれ、娘が

「ママ。6歳になったらネコ引き取ってくれるよね?」と言うようになりました。

 

「家に犬が2匹いるでしょ?もう十分」と言う私なんかお構いなしで、

「6歳になったらネコを飼うんだよ!」と学校やご近所さんに言いまわっていました。

 

6月4日、愛娘の6歳の誕生日の前日。

 

いつも止めている駐車場が空いていなかったので、珍しく路上に駐車する事に。

車を降りて、後部座席から荷物を出していると、どこからか子猫の鳴き声が。

「にゃー!にゃー!にゃー!」-ややや、これは数匹いるぞ!

 

周りを見渡しても、石垣と駐車してある車だけ。

でも、確かに聞こえる。お母さんを呼ぶ声が聞こえる。

私の母性本能は、その鳴き声でマックスまで一気に達し、子猫を探しはじめました。

すると、岩の間から小さい子猫が、ヨボヨボとおぼつかない足取りで這い出てきました。

 

「いた!」

 

走り寄り、岩穴をのぞくと、生後2週間ほどの小さな子猫4匹がいました。

早速保護し、そのまま子猫用のミルクを買いに走りました。

後部座席に乗っていた娘が突然、

「この子にする!」と言って抱っこしていたのが、今のメロディ。

自分の日本語の名前を英語に直し、それをその子猫に名付けました。

翌日、残りの3匹は地元のアニマルシェルターに連れて行き、

そちらで里親を探してもらう事にしました。

 

子猫たちを見つけてから数日後。

 

娘が「Cake the First(ケーキ一世)が、天国から子猫を送ってくれた」、

と言いびっくりさせられたのを覚えています。

「もしかしたらメロディがケーキかも。

それならどうして(ハムスターの大敵の)猫になったの?!」とまで。

 

それから「猫の妹ができた」とミルクを飲ませたり、

おんぶ紐に小さなメロディをいれてあやしたりと、

率先して子猫のお世話を手伝ってくれるようになりました。

 

以来、娘とメロディは切っても切れない関係になりました。

メロディは現在も娘の添い寝役として、毎晩添い寝に精を出して務めています。

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