Halloween is different for everyone – some people use it as a religious day, others an excuse to eat massive amounts of candy, some love to make costumes, some go to parties, some watch the goriest movies they can find, and some use it as a time to say hello to the dear departed one more time.
October 31st has been all of those things to me, except maybe for the day to watch movies, and lately it’s been more a time to say hello to those whom I’ve loved and lost. You should see what they do during the Japanese festival of the dead, they party for three days. Obon is a really fun time.
For me, though, the end of October is a time when the veil between the different realities seems a little thinner, there’s a snap to the air even out here in Arizona, and life seems just a bit more sad and a bit more beautiful, like it could end at any moment and I’m reminded to tell everyone just how much I love them.
This Halloween tale is true, every word of it.
It’s simple enough:
Last night around midnight, a cat walked on my bed. His steps were light and fast and both I and my spouse felt him.
Here’s the thing though. There are two living cats in my house. One of them was in my study, the other out in the living room, snoozing away on a pillow. That left the third – who was a sweet black furred gentleman named Orion, who had golden eyes, a rumbling purr, and gave great hugs. He would jump into my arms when I asked him and always seemed to understand me. He taught my current calico, Nezumi, to put me to bed at night and get me up in the morning.
With both cats’ locations known, that left only one possibility – Orion, nine years gone, had come for another visit. We feel him sometimes, usually walking across the bed, sometimes brushing against our ankles. The site mascot, Nezumi, sometimes reacts to him too. He’s actually the reason why I think sometimes people, whether they have two legs or four, come back to visit friends and loved ones.
Orion continues to teach me quite a bit, even though he’s no longer a physical person. I think he might actually be happier now, since he doesn’t have a body to deal with and all its problems, and he can’t get hurt, and he can go wherever he wants.
I guess he’s the ultimate Halloween kitty – a black cat who IS a ghost!