Touching Friendship Between a Grandmother & Her Beloved Companion. ~ Laura Kutney

Via on Dec 2, 2013

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A story so inspirational, I promise that it will touch your heart.

“Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow; Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead; Walk beside me, and just be my friend.”

~ Albert Camus

What makes for a truly good friendship?

Is it the quiet moments that we share? Is it the knowing that you can count on one another to always be there for each other?

We all know what it is like to have a good friend, and it is no different between Misao and her loyal cat Fukumaru who came together eight years ago when he showed up in her shed.

Fukumaru means, loosely, “a circle of good fortune” in Japanese, and Misao couldn’t have picked a better name. Like any best friends, these two have become joined at the hip and do just about everything together.

When eating, working in the fields, playing or even cat napping in the sun, these two are always doing it together.

Both friends suffer from a hearing deficit, so it is especially brilliant to see their friendship that has blossomed through their other senses.

Misao’s granddaughter, a photographer, Miyoko Ihara, has put this beautiful story together in a color and black and white photo album called, Misao the Big Mama and Fukumaru the Cat.

How lucky are we to glimpse into their beautiful friendship?

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Check out more of Miyoko Ihara’s work here.


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Editor: Steph Richard


About Alex Myles

Alex Myles is qualified as a Yoga teacher, Reiki Master, Teacher of Tibetan Meditation, Dragon Magic and a Spiritual coach to name just a few. Alex has no intention to teach others on a formal basis for many years to come, instead, she is collecting qualifications along with life’s lessons. One day, when the time is right, Alex will set up a quaint studio, in a quirky crooked building where she will breathe and appreciate the slowness of those days as life is just way too busy right now! Reading and writing has always been one of Alex’s passions. Alex likes to consider herself as a free spirit rather than a commitment-phobe. Trying to live as aligned to a Buddhist lifestyle as is possible in this day and age, she just does not believe in "owning" anything or anyone. Based on the theory that we ‘cannot lose someone that was not ours to lose’ she flails through life finding joy and magic in the most unexpected places. Mother to a 21 year old daughter and three adorable pups, she appreciates that some of the best moments in life are the 6am forest walks watching the dogs run, play and interact with one another and with nature. Connect with her on Facebook and check out her blog, Love and Madness. 


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