Whenever I visit my little niece, I end up reading children’s stories that delight me as much as they do her. My favorite of the moment is The Fire Cat by Esther Averill. It’s a 1960 classic, with drawings that capture the essence of Pickles, a stray kitty with big paws and big dreams.
In the three-part story, Pickles faces the universal challenges of life:
- Search for one’s purpose.
- Adrift in the wrong environment.
- Choosing purpose over privilege.
- Being both good and bad.
- Being paralyzed by fear.
- Getting into a fine mess.
- Getting a second chance.
- Working hard to improve oneself.
- Turning over a new leaf.
- Making friends with others of your own species.
- Facing the truth about one’s past.
- Overcoming one’s fear.
- Helping another in trouble.
- Fulfilling one’s purpose in life.