Cuddlebug is mad at me. Because of a thyroid condition, she has to eat special food–but she doesn’t know that. She just knows that PB gets to eat in the living room from a fancy earthenware bowl that gets whipped off the floor whenever Cuddlebug comes near. And it’s not fair that PB gets to have special stuff that she’s not allowed to even sniff.
What my 19-year-old tortoise shell cat doesn’t know–aside from the fact that she has a condition–is that I pay extra for her food and can only get it from the vet. She doesn’t know that I take time to make a gravy out of that expensive food to make it more palatable for her. She doesn’t know that I also cut slices of venison into bite-sized pieces especially for her, to take care of her coat and give her a special treat. I don’t do this for PB, who is a persnickety eater anyway. Just for Bug.
All I do for PB is pour dry cereal into a bowl and feed her in a different room so Bug won’t eat it and get sick again. Funny thing is, PB thinks she’s the one getting the special treatment–except she does seem to wonder why she’s been banned to the living room to eat. She wants to eat in the kitchen like the big cat.
Since I don’t speak Cat and they don’t speak English, I can’t explain that what I’m doing is for the best and that I love them both equally. All I can do is endure their jealousy of each other and their anger with me. I can’t afford to give them each their way because it will result in harm to one of them.
This morning, after our usual feeding ritual, Bug sat and glared at me–she’s on my lap now, so all’s well, but she was pretty ticked off earlier. I got to thinking that this must be how God feels when we compare what He’s doing for others to what He’s doing for us. There’s no point in Him trying to explain–not that He feels the need to explain Himself–because we wouldn’t understand anyway. So all He can do is endure our jealousy of each other and our anger with Him as He continues doing what’s best for us.
Oh, I keep forgetting–I’m supposed to focus on one thing with this blog, and it’s supposed to pertain to writing. So let me see if I can turn this into a writing post:
Don’t be jealous of someone else’s progress in their writing career, just be patient and see what’s in store for you.