Friday, August 7, 2015

Impossible Love

Avalon by Vanessa Morgan is for cat lovers.  Only a lover can understand the overwhelming, self-denying devotion of the beloved.  Only a cat lover can appreciate Avalon.  However, anyone who has ever experienced all-out obsessive love will be able to identify the emotional soul-lock love between Avalon and the author.  Parents with handicapped children will understand.  Spouses with dependent mates can identify.  Maybe it’s dependency?  Maybe it’s what love is all about—“in sickness and in health.”  Whatever!  Does it matter?  Not to the beloved; it’s wonderful; it’s enriching emotional fulfillment.  Life is forever altered.

How did this happen between Avalon and the author?  Avalon is about a cat and his owner.  Avalon is a Turkish Van—a rare breed.  The author picked up Avalon off the street and brought him home. He didn’t adapt well.  He terrorized the other pets and even the people that Vanessa Morgan brought in their lives.  Having had a cat like this, I understand the situation.  Everyone wants to get rid of the offending cat, but the cat owner feels it must defend the cat.  No one understands.  Besides, Avalon helped Vanessa grow up.  By that I mean, the cat and the owner were  sympathetico.  They understood each other.  How can you get rid of your soul mate?

 Vanessa in explaining the emotional bond in the conclusion states:
Many argue that my relationship with Avalon was unhealthy, but it was actually the opposite.  We became emotionally stable beings because we had each other.  We had both been our worst selves when we met, but we had bonded through an unwavering desire to be love unconditionally and to love just as much in return.  What we thought impossible, we had found with each other.

Vanessa even used Avalon in her work.  The cat was a character in her books and movies.  Vanessa and Avalon were a team.  You couldn’t have one without the other. 

There was one boyfriend, Gilles, who understood.  He was a keeper.  Anyone who understood Avalon and the beautiful bond between Vanessa and Avalon was special.  I was happy to read in the ending that Gilles was a part of Vanessa’s life.  Love expands.

If you’re a cat lover, you’ll love Avalon by Vanessa Morgan.  If you’re someone who loves with abandon, who jumps in with their whole heart, soul, and body, you’ll enjoy this memoir.  I know I did.





Marg said...

Oh I understand relationships with cats. It is very easy to have great relationships with cats.I have a bunch of good ones. Have a great day.

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

I plan to get this book soon.

cleemckenzie said...

Cats are some of the best companions and over the years I've cherished many. This one sounds like a challenging, but a worthwhile one.

Robin said...

Vanessa is such a cool person. I read her blog fairly regularly. It never ceases to amaze me how bonds can develop between cats and humans. Her experience is representative of what many cat owners go through. I think that is one of the things that makes her book so endearing. :)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We have 4 cats,,, and I understand all of them!

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