“Laughing is the shortest distance between two people.” Victor Borge
I have been blessed to live with many animal companions during my life. One of my most beloved animal friends was a cat named Yogi. He, along with several other felines lived with my husband and I during his short life.
As is so common with almost all cats and dogs, Yogi wanted a job that he was good at. Many dogs, for example will choose Guardian of the Household or Official Greeter as their main responsibility and many cats will choose Designated Lap Warmer or Blessed Stress Buster as theirs.
My Yogi had a most unique position which he assigned himself when he was about 6 months old. Because he was, even as a kitten, big for his age, precocious and sometimes aggressive with the other 5 cats we had at the time, I asked him one day if he’d like to have a job other than driving everybody else crazy. That’s when he told me that his most important job was to make me laugh every day because it would bring me joy……which he did. Besides running up and down the stairs while uttering un-cat-like noises, flopping down on my feet when I was in the kitchen cooking and getting into the cupboards where the pots and pans are stored, his favorite way of bringing joy into my life was to come yowling for me when he felt it was time for me to go into my studio and work on a painting. He’d pester me until I would finally succumb and then follow me upstairs, climb up his favorite cat tree, hurl himself into the basket-bed at the top and watch me while I worked. One of my most treasured paintings is of him and his over-sized body, spilling over that cat-tree perch.
I will always have a special place in my heart for Yogi……and his daily reminders that laughter is truly the best medicine.