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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About Laura Kutney

Laura Kutney  loves to laugh until her face and stomach hurt. If you opened her secret box, you would find books, words, art, photos and a world of feelings. She can ponder a word for a day, or write a story in an hour. She has a photographic memory but is also dyslexic. Yep, the two coexist inside of her like a little universal joke. Originally a chemical engineer, she is now a mother to three teen children and has been married to her true love for 19 years. Life is good and ever-changing. She counts on the second part of that last sentence sometimes hourly. She can be found here as a featured author for elephant journal, on her blog (Mosaic Commons) and on Facebook.


2 Responses to “Touching Friendship Between a Grandmother & Her Beloved Companion. ~ Laura Kutney”

  1. @TifanyLee says:

    These are beautiful and touching images! Thank you to the artist and the author.

    • Laura Kutney laurakutney says:

      You are so welcome. I only wish there was room for about 20 more photographs! You can see the book link for more information.

      When I found these photos my heart just melted into a puddle. (I'm a cat lover). Join me on my facebook page for more inspirational stories!

      And thank you for the note.


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