Friday, February 13, 2009

The prodigal pied cat

In the midnight moonlit moment She leant against Mr Griffiths's home and whispered to the stone.
We have not seen Nadolig since the first Sunday after Mr Griffiths was taken into the hospital, far away, long ago, and She worried that maybe he had found a new home, a new fire, a new lap. Or maybe the snow was too much and too cold for him.
" Not much longer now. Next week he will come back." We prowled by her side, coats shining with starlight.
" Send word around, through the stones and the rocks, by the birds and the trees. He is coming back. Please, tell Nadolig, wherever he is."

So today, such joy as She looked up from Her washing up (not a thing She usually finds joy in) and there, outside the window, pied and beautiful against the emerald green of the ivy leaves, Nadolig. Out She rushed with a plate of food, the nearest plate to hand, and for Nadolig a feast fit for a prodigal cat, and for the stones and the rocks, the birds and the leaves a whispered thank you.





37 comments:

Morning's Minion said...

From miles away I have thought of that wandering cat! That looks like a great "welcome home" meal.
You have made Mr. Griffiths and his cat a part of our everyday thoughts.

NAL said...

How wonderful! This news brought a smile to my heart!

And now there's a cat-portrait of Nadolig as well! Can it be he knows that Mr Griffiths is nearly home?

quiltcat said...

God bless! Nadolig got the message that Mr Griffiths is coming home. I hope he and we won't be disappointed, and that indeed Mr Griffiths will soon be home. Looks like Nadolig has picked up some scratches on his nose from a cat trying to keep him away from his food bowl...but he seems to have survived the winter well so far!

Andrea said...

Thank you for what turned out (for me) to be an emotional update. Joy to all!

Linda Navroth said...

Hooray! We are glad to hear that Nadolig has come back safely. He looks fit, though a bit wary in the eyes, as most wild things are. Thank you for whispering him back!
--Scooter & Angus

Cat with a garden said...

Thanks cat you're back Nadolig!

Becky said...

Somehow I knew Nadolig would know when to return. How do cats know this stuff? Must be some kind of sixth sense ... hurrah that he's back though!

verobirdie said...

What a wonderfl fairy tale! Welcome back Nadolig!

rosalind said...

After a grim week at work, that is the best news! You must tell Nadolig to stick around, and very soon he will have a familiar lap to purr on, and his own fireside to snooze by. Be kind to him, ginger cats!

Teri said...

Wonderful news, see Friday the 13th was an auspicious day. Glad he's back in the circle of cats!

Teri and the cats of Furrydance

anne said...

That's the best thing I've heard all week - hurry home, Mr Griffiths!

Karen said...

I'm so pleased he is back, safe and well x

Magic Cochin said...

We knew Nadolig would here you calling ;-)

Lots of love
The studio assistants

Ikaika said...

How wonderful about Mr. Griffiths's impending homecoming! Nadolig knows...

Buskitten said...

Wow! That is truely magical!

The Sugar Plum Fairy said...

My grandmother once had a cat that whenever she left the house for several days, he would, too! Her neighbors always knew when my grandmother was returning, because the cat would return the same day, a few hours before she did. How do they know?? Love your posts. :)

Moonroot said...

Such good news! I have a tear in my eye...

Elizabeth said...

What a wonderful tale! Once Gomez went missing for a month.........knocked down by a car, rescued, restored.......
we never lost hope
she was black and white too

Casey said...

What a beautiful kitty Nadolig is!

Griffin said...

That landscape telegraph is even better than email! Good to see Nadolig heard the message and came back. Looks like he has been having adventures that will remain a mystery like those of Macavity.

He is a very handsome cat. Not a ginger but still, a very handsome cat indeed!

Anonymous said...

Well done Jackie - and well done Nadoig as well ... Give a special purr and and a nice mouse to Glyn when he returns home ...

I'm so glad for all of you :)

Ricka

Anonymous said...

I am so happy Nadolig is back.Was he thin or had he been fed by others.The photo shows a very healthy coat and bright eyes so I am assuming he either fended quite well for himself or some other kind people fed him also.You live in a magical and really unique place.Thank you for sharing.

The Good Life in Virginia said...

happy to hear nadolig has returned home...such lovely black/white markings.
lots of pets to nadolig from virginia ^..^
and here's to mr. griffiths return home to his companion ^..^

with heartfelt thoughts...

Nan and =^..^= said...

So very happy to see Nadolig is back and enjoying a meal. He looks so beautiful and I hope he stays close and safe and is reunited with Mr.Griffiths very soon.
We continue to send good thoughts your way!
best, Nan and the Maine cats, Ellie May, Polly and Brody

Shammickite said...

Welcome home.

Marjorie Dawson said...

YES!!!! He knows, better than we do. He knows. Bless him!

Karry said...

What a joyful moment x

Maggie Marsland said...

Fantastic news, jackie! You must have been so thrilled. Well done. Hope Nadolig and Glyn are reunited soon. Love Maggie & Rogger xx

Milo and Alfie said...

How lovely! What wonderful news. We are so glad a meal was waiting for Nadolig.

We can't wait to hear mr Grifiths is home at last!

Happy Valentin'es Day to you all from Milo and Alfie =^..^= =^..^=

Dougie Donk said...

This made me feel quite emotional for another independent black & white cat, like my much-loved & recently departed friend Spot.

Welcome home Nadolig & hope your Dad is back soon!

Bimbimbie said...

The power of Hope*!*

judy in ky said...

Wonderful... just beautiful. Bless Nadolig and Mr. Griffiths and the lady who provides the feast.

Sobeit said...

This such wonderful news - I have thinking of Nadolig ever since this whole eposide of Mr. Griffiths hospitalization has begun. This re-appearance of Nagolig makes feel very good and hopeful that all is going to work out just fine. Spring will come and Mr. Griffiths with Nadolig sitting his lap will be sitting by the door of his cottage and watch it unfold.

Kitikata-san said...

Yay! I am so happy Nadolig came just in time for Mr Griffiths' return!

ChrisJ said...

So glad Nadolig is back! Trust he and Glyn will soon be together, warm and happy. Thank you for visiting me.Surely spring is on the way. I'm waiting for the daffodils to arrive in our stores then I tell everyone about St. David's Day. It's hardly ever mentioned over here.tutkiwle

B'ham said...

Thank You ! We are so glad that that the elusive Nadolig is safe.. And fed. Worry doesn't sit well...

sakiblu said...

Hurrah ! A purr-out to Nadolig !!
Welcome home!! I knew you were not too far away. Close enough, to see your precious friend, Mr Griffith, return as well!! Warm, furry thoughts to both!!!!