A Christmas story about a homeless little cat and how she found hope, trust and courage….

The subject of homelessness becomes more prevalent every day.     Whether one of the millions of stateless people roaming the earth, or people we encounter on the streets of our towns and cities – the problem looms ever greater.

I wrote and illustrated a children’s Christmas story 15 years ago entitled ‘Christeve the Cat Finds Her Home’.     Based on a true story, it focuses on the arrival of a little cat into my life on Christmas Eve 1996 when I was living in Crickhowell, Wales.   

I have been displaced a couple of times in my life, and know what it is to yearn for a home of my own.    In many ways this story is autobiographical.   It is filled with symbolism including of course the magical hummingbirds.

In the story the little cat was homeless and had been living in a tree across from my cottage.   I believed that she belonged to Mr. Pickford, one of my neighbours and so had not been concerned about her.

My neighbour, Mr. Pickford. 20-11-15 - 1 (1340)Here is the lonely little cat wishing she could live in a nice warm cottage like the one across from her tree. 20-11-15 - 1 (1330)“Sitting between mountains and watched by the moon, with magical hummingbirds weaving their love” this story takes place in The Magical Town of Crickadoon. 

The little cat looking over the Magical Town of Crickadoon. 20-11-15 - 1 (1339)During the long dark cold nights, every noise would give the little cat a fright, and sometimes she would cry.20-11-15 - 1 (1328)   One night when the winds began to roar and howl, the little cat had a visit from a wise old owl.    The wise owl told the little cat to be patient and trust.    To close her eyes and dream of magical hummingbirds.

Something inside of  her always knew that there was nothing to fear and that help was always near……..20-11-15 - 1 (1337)The little cat began to make friends with the birds and animals that lived beneath her tree.      After days of fun and play with her new friends the little cat would fall into a deep sleep and dream about finding a home of her own.

Some of the little cat’s new friends 20-11-15 - 1 (1336)One of her new friends, a red robin, told the little cat that she would never be alone because hummingbirds were always near, helping her to find a new home of her own. 20-11-15 - 1 (1325)One morning red robin and little cat woke to see that the Magical Town of Crickadoon was completely covered in snow.    everywhere the little cat looked, there was a special glow.20-11-15 - 1 (1335)Later that night when little cat was dreaming in her tree, a beautiful white hummingbird appeared.      White hummingbird told little cat that there was nothing to fear, and that after a terrible storm, all would be clear. 20-11-15 - 1 (1338)The next morning when the snow swirled and whirled and the winds roared and howled, the little cat felt so cold and alone was beginning to think that she would never find a home of her own.        20-11-15 - 1 (1334)In her dreams the little cat heard White Hummingbird say – “Don’t give into your fear, soon all will be clear. – Follow the light through the storm and there you will find your home, so cosy and warm”. 

As the little cat came closer to the only light she could see, she realised that it was shining from the cottage across from her tree.     As little cat reached the door and raised her paw she called out as loudly as could be…Meeeeeoooooowwwww, I am here, I am here…….

The door to the cottage across from her tree opened wide and there was Janet the Artist waiting inside. 20-11-15 - 1 (1333)Janet the Artist scooped up little cat with tenderness and love, and from high above the Magical Town of Crickadoon, hummingbirds of every colour were flying under the moon. 20-11-15 - 1 (1332)Janet the Artist named the little cat, Christeve the Cat because she had arrived on a very special Christmas Eve.

THE END

This is the actual cottage where Christeve the Cat and Janet the Artist lived together in The Magical Town of Crickadoon. 

30371_309193229185374_253873514_nChristeve the Cat settled into her new home and sitting on her favourite chair302846_309648909139806_918859733_nChristeve the Cat (on the left) with one of her friends sitting in her favourite place in the garden of her new home. til August 10 119http://www.janetweightreed.co.uk    http://www.zazzle.com/janet+weight+reed+gifts

A bientôt.

58 thoughts on “A Christmas story about a homeless little cat and how she found hope, trust and courage….

  1. Jayanthi

    Our love and gratitude to all the angels with paws we have had sharing our lives and may have in the future. Hope you have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year, Janet. Love, Jayanthi

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  2. davidjrogersftw

    Janet, Janet, Janet, I can’t tell you how beautiful your enchanted story and paintings are to me. Lovely. I just had to cry.

    Once my children came rushing up to the bedroom to tell me they had been feeding a cat for the last four days that was obviously lost and living under a car outside our house. It seemed so unhappy and needed help. It was raining horribly and pouring and the wind blowing and thrashing–could they bring him inside for a little while to get dry and warm up. I said no because I knew once inside he would never leave. But they implored and I said Okay, I would take a look at him, but by no means was he coming inside. I opened the door and there sitting in the rain, so pathetic, so cute, such eyes looking at me as if to say “PLEASE” was the little fellow we would name Dale and would be our friend for a long time.. I said, “Please come in, sir’ and he did.

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning David….I really enjoyed your story about the arrival of Dale. I love all animals, but have a special affinity with cats. It seems to me that they are very clear when they find a home they like. They don’t give up until they get their own way, and clearly Dale got his. 🙂 Have a beautiful day, and I am so pleased that you enjoyed the story about Christeve. Janet

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  3. Jet Eliot

    I cannot think of a better way for a fire-displaced person like myself to start the new week. Thank you, Janet, for this magical, enchanting story. The message, the hope, the color and brilliance…a blessing. Your paintings here are absolutely glorious, my friend. I went over the paintings many times, each one is a gift. Love Mr. Pickford, his personality shines; I really love the painting of all the birds, a delight of feathered friends, crest plumes, long tails, hummingbirds galore and even one on the nest; the little cat looking down at Crickadoon. It was really difficult to pick out a favorite, but I did, and it was the morning snow on Crickadoon. It is such a swirl of magic and glowing peace. I liked the ending, and you in it, loved the painting of you and the little cat finding each other; and the photos too. I will carry the magic and fearlessness of this gift with me wherever I am, dear friend, thank you.

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      I am so pleased that this story touched you and has renewed a sense of magic and fearlessness into your life. Dear Mr. Pickford was my neighbour. who lived with his cat – didn’t have a television or any other modern conveniences…including central heating. He lived a very simple, beautiful life and contentment shone from him. Crickhowell, (AKA The Magical Town of Crickadoon) is a very special place. Thank you Jet. 🙂

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  5. ShimonZ

    As you know, my dear Janet, I have read this story many times, and identified with it… drank the pictures in. And just this morning I realized that living somewhat out of the Christian world, this story has become my first and only Christmas custom. Thank you so much for the returning experience of finding shelter with Christeve..

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning dear Shimon. Thank you so much for reading the story again. The fact that it is your only Christmas story pleases me – I have posted the story for the past ten Christmases….how the time does fly. May your day be filled with all the magic of Christeve’s world. Janet x

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  6. snowbird

    Awwww….how I love this story and adorable paintings! How I wish you could turn it into something for television, what a hit it would be. It always brings a tear to my eye. xxx

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Hi Dear Dina….I am so pleased that you like this story….that means a lot to me. It was this time last year that we were together…and I am determined that we will be together again during 2018. Janet xxxx

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  7. Playamart - Zeebra Designs

    I left a comment last week but I don’t think it found its way thru cyberspace! Your post was so special, the art amazing, and who wouldn’t adore that precious homeless little cat? Thank you so much for sharing the story. You are so talented!!!!

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