Dear Readers, you may notice the dates of the Blog do not match the Flash Post dates which are in real time. The blog was written in 2009 and saw the light of day 6 months back when my younger daughter discovered it and decided to bring it to you here.

Messi Revisited | Flash Post 379

Button, he’s the tiniest but the most self-sufficient, energetic, mischievous, observant and confident personified.

You’ve forgotten that he’s also a great entertainer! He’s also barididi’s biggest fan.

Have you seen him cuddle up to her at night and immediately fall asleep after his midnight supper and playtime? As night creeps on, he creeps closer and closer to her, finally resting his head on the same pillow. Barididi sometimes wakes up in the middle of the night with him burrowing his head into her neck.

I heard barididi narrate this story a few days back.

Another ritual of his is to run out into our garden at the crack of dawn every single morning, scrounge around for a new item he can carry back as a gift for either barididi or me—mind you in that order—depending on who is available first. It could be a fallen leaf, a branch, a flower or even a dead centipede! By the way, his favourite flower is the pink Plumeria Alba which is the national flower of Laos and our very own champa whose pot holds the remains of one of our four-legged babies. At times, the leaf or branch is so big for his tiny mouth, he runs back quickly to plonk it before anyone he meets up with first.

I fail to understand how humans refuse to open their homes and hearts to animals who don’t have a shelter. In the process, they are bargaining for love, joy, excitement and company which is why loneliness is such a big issue.

This tiny thing came home to be with us before depression hit me. I am sure, one of the reasons why I came out of it sooner than most people do, is because I had Messi and our two other babies for company. To be honest, they gave me the will to live again.

Don’t forget me in the bargain?

Button, should you even be asking that question? This diary you and I write exists and thrives because of you. You are the reason for it.

Thank you. That’s all I needed to hear.

I’m thinking of putting up the video I shot of Messi playing with two gorgeous Tiger Swallowtail butterflies in the garden today.

Was he playing or was he trying to capture one and gift it to you!

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