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Journal Writing Project - A boy and his cat

Mon, Apr 11th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

Sure, boys are tough.  And my little brother, I've always thought was one of the toughest. But, I learned recently that he actually does have a heart. Here's how it happened.

It was a twenty below windchill day last winter when he walked outside and practically tripped over a stray cat.  The thing was kind of ugly and was meowing like a maniac and was obviously starving. But, for my little brother it was love at first sight. He came in the house, got milk, went back outside and gave it to the cat.

This quickly became his daily routine.  He found the cat a shelter to live in.  After a week or two, he decided to name his cat "Billy," not quite sure if it was male or female. 

I have practically lost touch with my little brother because he spends so much time with his cat.  The cat has become a child to him; he shows pictures to people of the cat on his cell phone.  Recently, my little brother found out the gender of the cat when  Billy gave birth to four kittens.  My little brother says they are adorable.  He is a grandfather to them and takes great care of them.  He shows pictures of them to everyone and asks people if they can see the happy gleam in Billy's eyes. 

Billy is about all my little brother can talk about. In fact, I don't think he even remembers my name.  He says he loves his cat so much, he can't put it into words.  But, that's ok because I know that he will always be happy with Billy.  If the world were to come to an end, my little brother and his cat would probably be the ones to survive and live happily ever after.           

The moral of the story is that even boys can love something unconditionally.  Someday, in another lifetime, he might EVEN have unconditional love for his sister.   

Jamie Mathison is a student at Fillmore Central High School. She is one of 10 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its twelfth year.

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