The Basic Principle of Limitation
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Posted 6/22/11 , edited 6/22/11
Do you feel sorry; whenever you see a little kitten inside a cardboard box laid down on a remote patch of road or footpath? I certainly… do.


Here’s an anecdote to prove it. *smiles*

I used to take a walk around, ever since I was little... within the vicinity of the Shinto shrine forest on top of the hill; taking photographs, along the way. There was a time, when I come across a box with a few days old kittens in it.

I don't wish to speculate—why they ended up in a box in the first place, because... regardless, if no one finds them, before the night falls, they will end up… dead in the morning. Chances are: if they could luckily survive the wild nocturnal animals—well, the freezing cold temperature over-night will definitely kill them.



So, I took them with me; and presented them to my Mom, she took one good look at the kittens, and then, one good look at me… Afterwards, she smiles… “I don’t mind, if you want to keep them… Koji,” she said kindly, but in one condition… She gently raised my chin up with her hand and looked at me, straight in the eyes. “They are yours; therefore, you should be, the only one to take care of them... without any help, understand?”

Cold chills went up and down my spine. If I don’t know any better, I would probably ignore the way; she said it. But I couldn’t… her eyes, and the way she stared at mine. It was like looking at the eyes of the beast, that was about to devour me. I was shaking, as I nod my head… After that, she blinks her eyes and showed me those beautiful smiles again… Even though, I was still shaking… I forced myself to return—her smile, so… I smiled back. Only then, she lets go of my chin.

However, despite the fact; that she nearly scared me to death, my Mom normally gives me a hint with regards to what should I do... like taking them to the vet. For check up and to buy all the necessary stuff: like milk formula, kitty bottles, and proper vitamins… etc, etc...

I remembered staying up all night, out of excitement, simply because... they were too adorable. Feeding them, every time they woke-up and cleaning up... After few days, exhaustion caught up with me... the kittens recovered. But I am the one that ends up pretty sick—afterwards; my Mom didn’t have to spell it out for me; with her gentle hand brushing my hair, as I lay on my bed with high temperatures.

She took the kittens away, and sent them to the animal shelter. All I could do was cried myself to sleep... Because I knew, that... that was the right thing to do. *sobbing*

I never thought, heartbreak could hurt that much... I have learned; my very own, “Basic Principle of Limitation,” at that very moment.

It’s not about, what I want... It’s all about; “What I can, and cannot do that mattered… in the end.”
Posted 6/22/11
Wow....that's deep.... for a short anecdote, I....I was just moved by this. I hope you and the kittens will be alright.
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Posted 8/8/11
@ Rozzl-Dozzl: Thank you for sharing your thoughts; I deeply appreciate it... *smiles*
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