Miracles and Meows

Colleen Saidman by Colleen Saidman | March 25th, 2011 | 7 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga

Miracles and Meows“Your mother has been telling me for 65 years that miracles happen. I am now 84 years old, and I believe.” This is what my father said to me yesterday.

My father has been ill for several years. He spent most of the last year bedridden. One day a beautiful calico cat showed up. It was a wild cat. My dad fell in love immediately. It put a light in his eyes that had been dulled by the enormous amount of pain he has been in for years.

When I would call and ask about the cat, you could feel the smile on the other end of the phone. My dad had a reason to get out of bed. The cat would be curled up on his newspaper every morning. Every time he would make his way to the door, the cat would come running. Watching him with this animal was the sweetest sight in the world.

Two weeks ago, he went to get his newspaper, and the cat wasn’t there. Dad could hear the meowing cat stuck under the house. They called the neighbors for help. Here was my 84-year-old father, who has rarely made it out of bed in the past year, trying to shovel a cat out from under the house in sub-zero weather. The meowing stopped. The cat had frozen to death. My dad cried for the third time in his life.

He left the next day for a 10-day visit to Mayo Clinic. He wasn’t concerned about the test results. With the loss of his cat, his sadness and lifelessness had returned. Yesterday, he returned from the Mayo Clinic. As he pulled into the driveway, he heard meowing.

The cat was still stuck under the house. He had been there for two weeks without food. When they got him out, the cat did somersaults with his frail body. My dad cried for the fourth time in his life. “Your mother has been telling me for 65 years that miracles happen. I am now 84 years old, and I believe.”

This beautiful, wild, calico cat is my yoga teacher this week. The love and capacity of this cat in the most extreme of circumstances inspires me to be all I can be and show up with love in my heart regardless of the situation.


  1. Awesome story and so close to my heart. My father lives with me and my family. He stays in his room most of the time so for his eightieth birthday I got him a calico kitten. He loves the kitty and the kitty follows him everywhere. Thank for sharing!

    Susanne | March 25th, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  2. Cats are wonderful . . . so is this story!

    Leslie Drake | March 26th, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  3. We’ve had cats (2) and the things they do are always aw-mazing! They helped my husband as he recuperated from heart surgery. they bring your blood pressure down too!

    Dawn | March 26th, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  4. This brought tears to my eyes. I’m so very thankful that your Dad has his cat back.

    Karen Beth | March 26th, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  5. This is a beautiful story. :)

    Sarah | March 26th, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  6. My cats were lifesavers during my recovery from ME/CFS! Great story about your dad :)

    Amber | March 30th, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  7. What a great story and I am glad your dad is doing better.

    When I get to town I’ll stop by to see how he is doing.

    Karl | May 25th, 2011 | Comment Permalink

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