Emmy Hears A Funny Sound
by Deacon Tom Frankenfield
On a cold damp and rainy day, Emmy was sitting by herself at her
grandmother’s house playing with grandma’s beautiful brown spotted tabby
cat, named Buttons. Buttons and Emmy were having a great time. Emmy loved
to sing to Buttons. Somehow, even Buttons seemed to understand Emmy’s love
Every time Emmy came to visit, Buttons would jump with excitement. She
would run and Buttons would follow closely. Of course, Emmy loved the
attention and she really loved Buttons. Other times, Emmy loved to read
with Buttons sleeping on her lap.
On this day, Emmy felt something funny when Buttons was on her lap. Emmy
got really scared and called out to her Grandma. “Grandma, something is
happening with Buttons. I think she is sick.” Emmy was very nervous.
“What is the problem Emmy?” Grandma replied as she walked into the room to
see what the difficulty was.
“Well, Buttons is making funny sounds and I think she swallowed something
because she is vibrating” little Emmy replied.
Grandma laughed aloud and said. “Oh my sweet child, Buttons is fine, she is
Emmy made a funny face and replied, “Purring? What is purring?”
Grandma explained to Emmy all about Buttons’ purring. “It is also a way
that cats communicate,” said Grandma. “A mother cat purrs to let her
kittens know she is nearby, and kittens purr in response to their mother's
grooming. Some kittens even purr to get adults to play. Mostly Buttons
purrs because she is happy and she loves you.”
With a huge smile Emmy stood up, ran to hug Grandma and said, “I wish I
could purr Grandma, and then I would purr when I am around you. You make me
happy and I love you with all my heart. You are the best grandma in the
After loving Grandma, Emmy hugged Buttons tightly; snuggled with Buttons and
continued her reading. Grandma beamed with a huge smile; twinkled from the
tears in her eyes and was delighted as she thanked God for her wonderful
gifts of grandchildren and pets.
My friends, cats purr when they are happy. It would be really cool if we
humans could purr too but that is a special gift that God gave to the cats.
God gave us the ability to tell people we are happy by using our voices.
However, we can pretend to purr. The next time someone makes your happy,
like you parents or brothers and sisters, take a minute to tell them you
love them. The give them a hug and pretend you are purring! It will be
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