Life is Beautiful | Flash Post 355
Button, when we first got Messi home no bigger than a rat, his favourite hide-out used to be behind the backrest of our king-sized bed where he would huddle up in a foetal position and fall asleep instantly. There was no way we could reach him and he knew that and would emerge as suddenly as he had slipped in.
I distinctly remember this because you had, out of ignorance, left him there and gone out and, when you got back after a couple of hours, found him lying on your bed on his back, the underside of his belly exposed and purring away, total blissful and dead to the world.
Now that he is much bigger, it’s become difficult for him to slip in and out with as much ease. I found him squeezing his body out from behind our bed only yesterday with great difficulty. He toppled several tiny items on Dost’s side table, startling him in the process and waking him up from his slumber.
I find he’s captured the hearts and minds of each and every family member. Even chotididi who doesn’t fawn over our pets, loves ragging him and feels protective towards him.
Seeing Messi straining to rise from behind the bed reminded me of the phrase “rise like a phoenix”.
What does that mean?
To “rise like a phoenix” from the ashes means to emerge from a catastrophe stronger, smarter and more powerful. This can be likened to someone who builds a new house after his previous house has been destroyed in a tornado. Or, closer home, to someone who has been through the throes of depression to rise stronger, more confident and eager to live the rest of her life with positivity and hope. There’s a mythological angle to this as well which I will now tell you.
The phoenix bird is a mythical bird from Greek mythology. It was a feathered creature of great size with talons and wings, it’s plumage radiant and beautiful. The phoenix lived for 500 years before it built its own funeral pyre, burst into flames and died. Soon after, it rose out of the ashes, in a transformation from death to life. This mythical story of being born again predates the story of the phoenix rising from the ashes.
Is phoenix spelt with a lowercase?
That’s an interesting observation because when it’s spelt with a capital “P”, it relates to the name of a city in Arizona in the US of A.