Haley had been wanting a kitten, and on a remote Maui road we passed this little furball.
She was clearly afraid and starving and looking for a hand, so Haley walked back and scooped her, despite my initial skepticism. We named her Blue and brought her into our 'ohana. That began a 24-hour crash course in parenting (jeez, so much respect for you parents). Blue never stopped moving, despite the many long “walks” I took her on. All night, in between brief snuggles, Blue walked all over us. She crapped in the van, but we didn’t care. Our plan was to keep her, but little Blue had other plans. After a 4-hour hike that she spent in the top of my pack – her tiny perch on the vast tropical world – Blue snuck into the woods when we were cooking. We looked for a long time, but she was gone. We reconciled her departure by deciding that she wanted to be wild. We were sad, but mostly we were filled with joy. I suppose that’s really the trick this sneaky little kitten was trying to teach us – to always find joy in the impermanence of life.