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

Via Laura Kutney
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 Laura Kutney

Laura Kutney was born, raised and still lives in California. Although she studied chemical engineering in college, Laura’s love affair with philosophy and writing started before she can remember. If one could peek inside of her heart, they would find a whirlwind of thoughts and feelings swirling around a collection of words, books, art, music, photos, and most importantly, her closest friends and family and treasured places. Laura often looses herself in thought. This, combined with the fact that life is ever-changing, leaves her with plenty to write about. She can be found here at elephant journal, on her blog (Mosaic Commons) and on Facebook. And also on View Laura Kutney's LinkedIn profile View Laura Kutney's profile


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.

  2. 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.