Jesse Taught Us Giving Better Than Receiving

As the fall and winter sports fade away like the leaves falling from
the numerous trees throughout north Mississippi, so does the time that
slips so smoothly through our fingers. This past Friday our cat Jesse
was laid to rest. My wife cared for and raised the Persian feline for
15-plus years. Like many of you know, she was a member of the family.


By BRAD LOGAN
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” –Mark Twain

As the fall and winter sports fade away like the leaves falling from the numerous trees throughout north Mississippi, so does the time that slips so smoothly through our fingers. This past Friday our cat Jesse was laid to rest. My wife cared for and raised the Persian feline for 15-plus years. Like many of you know, she was a member of the family.
I am reminded of my short career as one of the caretakers of this creature from God. To be honest, only a handful were pleasant. My wife can explain the good times far better than I, and she is always happy to do so upon anyone’s call.
Jesse can be compared to a number of legendary sports figures, as I have done so often. She was very stern and quick to discipline her little brother, Borden. She always received the utmost respect when entering a room. She was never cavalier in her motions, always with her motives and intentions at heart. While wearing a number of collective masks over her personality, she had an enormous heart. She had a love and a zest for life upon her final days.
brad logan.jpgI have always had the utmost respect for basketball legends Jim Valvano and former Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser. Both left this life at a young age but made lasting impressions on the sports world. Many characteristics listed above can be used to describe these fine men who lead our young people.
While we are losing many Americans everyday, we must continue to cherish the moments we have with those here with us. The legacies of a number of Americans can be seen in those who have been reared by those long since passed.
Mark Twain was prepared to die and so was our Jesse. I have learned a lot since becoming a parent of animals. I have learned the importance of food, shelter and the willingness to love and be loved. I understand how important a pat on the back or a stroke of the forehead can be. I understand that all of these because our Jesse taught them to me.
Most importantly, I learned that giving far outweighs receiving. Our Jesse was always waiting at the door for us. For that, I will be eternally grateful. And yes, she always will be.
You can email Brad Logan at blogan80@yahoo.com
or visit www.bradlogansports.blogspot.com

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