Walden: A Short Story

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Henry David Thoreau once said, "Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves." When my cat got lost, I was forced to understand a little more. Last Monday my cat, Bob, ran away. It felt as if I was being punched over and over again by my heart. It took a very big toll on my body. Losing Bob was like leaving behind an old life, and starting a new one. It was a warm monday morning. I just woke up to see my cat sitting on my windowsill. As soon as I rolled out of bed, my cat became frightened and jumped out the window. At first I was befuddled, but then I realized I need to run after him. “Come back!” I yelled. I got dressed as soon as possible and ran outside. He was nowhere in sight. I searched around my yard for twenty minutes,…show more content…
I barely recognized it at first, but Bob's calls were not unanswered. I climbed out of the car and slowly made my way to the sound until I traced it to a hibiscus garden alongside the road, but he wasn’t there. My facial expression must've shown that I didn’t see him because my mom called out to me and told me to check the drainage pipe further down the road. I immediately ran over and looked through the pipe to see the ragged looking cat that I knew as Bob. I tried to coax him out, but he was too scared. I looked at my mom for help and she said, "Stay here." “Where are you going?” I hollered after her, but she didn’t hear me. She drove off and returned a few minutes later with some Tuna. She set them down outside the pipe and as soon as Bob picked up the scent, he emanated from the drainage pipe and attacked the food ferociously. It was the first time I had seen Bob in several days. After he was done eating, I picked him up, felt his soft fur, and smelled the stench he acquired from the dirty drainage pipe. We returned home and I vowed to never let him get away again. Last week was a very terrifying experience. I learned an important lesson about responsibility. It taught me that I needed to be more careful and need to take better care of Bob, and anyone else. I let my cat run away and I was lucky that a classmate found him. It was a very humbling experience and I hope I will never have to face those troubles
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