I went downstairs to my new and beautiful office with a view, taking a folding table with me that I thought would be useful. Well, for my cats actually — they like being up off the floor for the “loftier-than-thou-view-of-life.”
In case it’s not obvious already, I adore (OK, worship) my feline friends, I’m just nuts about them, and I go out of my way to make them happy and comfortable. Cats are pretty much heaven on four legs to me.
So….there I am carrying the big table for my cats down the stairs. No problem.
I get to my office, set up the table, and think about getting a table cloth. But then I see a quilt on the floor, which had been put there for my three small dogs the day before. I think to myself, “Oh, for now I’ll just put this comfy quilt on the table for the cats and they will love to sleep there until I go back up and get the tablecloth.”
So I pick up the quilt and refold it a bit, placing it on the table. I walk away.
I did not notice that something gray-black and long and alive (but pretending to be dead) fell out of the quilt.
As I turn and prepare to sit at my desk, I gasp. Whoa. There is an 18 inch long snake (not moving) on the floor where the quilt was. My hand goes to my heart. I breathe deeply and convince myself all is fine, just a garter snake I’m sure, but I notice my heart rate just went up a bit.
“What should I do, what should I do?”
I see a basket about the size of the dead looking snake and I put it over him. Whew. The basket works (meaning I’m calmer).
Then, I confess right here and now, like a scared girl, I ran up the stairs to my husband who is still sleeping and say, “Eric, there is a snake in my office and I need your help.” His eyes open quickly, but there is no panic. Not even a suggestion of emergency. But he is totally ready to help me, bless his heart.
He pulls on his khaki’s, and follows me downstairs. Looking around, he sees the basket upside down on the floor, and assumes correctly that the snake is under there. He gets a box, slides the snake into the box and takes it outside and releases it on the landing.
RIGHT BY THE DOOR.
I look out the door in total disbelief. “Eric, why is the snake by the door?’
I’m really trying to understand this.
He said he wanted to see how long it would play dead before scurrying away.
OK. A science experiment. So we watched it.
But the snake kept moving in the wrong direction so I asked him if he would scoot it over into the garden so it could get on its way to the underbrush to avoid the dogs or cats finding the poor guy again, so bless his heart, Eric did.
One snake out the door an on his way to his normal day — and my normal day. But as we were closing the door, the corner of the mat got a little caught, so Eric reached down to adjust the door mat.
There’s another snake, just a tiny baby, so Eric retrieves it as well.
And where does he put the snake?
Yep, RIGHT BY THE DOOR.
Gawd. Boys will be boys.
He saw my face, smiled a big smile, and without a word, moved the darn snake on its happy way to the garden.
Two snakes in one day. This seemed rather significant to me. But it wasn’t until a couple hours later, Ms. Bella, the enthusiastic feline hunter comes in with a beautiful butterfly in her mouth. She goes out to the butterfly bush and leaps about five feet in the air and catches them. I saw her do it the other day. It hardly seems fair.
So here is some information about power animals, snakes and butterflies specifically, according to the Earth Angel Connection.
SNAKE – is about shedding the past and changing the future, rebirth. As Snake sheds its skin so we can shed our illusions and limitations in order to fully use our vitality and desires to achieve wholeness. Snake is about transition in our lives from one phase to another.
BUTTERFLY – is about transformation. Butterfly fearlessly leaves the safety of its cocoon to meet a new world in a new form, trusting its untried wings to allow it to fly. It is a powerful symbol for anyone who’s contemplating or in the midst of a major change. It is about bringing color and joy to our lives, learning to dance with joy as we make those changes in our lives transforming us and our lives.
Not long after the butterflies and snakes, I got the call of a lifetime, and not in a good way, from someone who shall remain nameless. This person reactivated me in the most primal way. That is all I’m going to say about it.
By the end of the phone call, it was very clear to me that was time for me to shed old skin, and transform. Time to leave behind what never mattered in the first place and concentrate on doing what matters — everything I love to do.
That would be singing.
So I sang loudly and long, which caused my dear Bella to depart to the quiet of mother nature and — yes, probably more hunting.
I figure the whole thing started and ended with Bella, my cat. She does what she does and illustrates my day at the same time — just one reason why I adore her. I learn from her. She is always my partner in spirituality and almost always — comic relief.