Respected Attorney And Political Consultant Admits Weakness
In our modern busy world of high powered executives and corporate climbers we do not expect to hear of men mourning the loss of a cat.
This is exactly the emotion that Michael Yaki, a man once senior aide to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and currently working as a political advisor, exposes on his latest blog entry.
Why should we be surprised that a formidable opponent in the court room has a soft spot for his family pets?
Perhaps it is because we live in a world where men do not cry without fear of exposing a weakness. Maybe it is because grown-ups should know that animals only have a short lifespan and we should expect their deaths. Or is that we don’t have time to stop and mourn every time an animal dies.
I congratulate someone as high profile as Michael Yaki who can publicly admit that his cat, Delos, had a special place in his heart and in passing Delos has left hole that will not easily be filled.
Pets are completely dependent on us for food and shelter, medicine and comfort. In exchange, they give far more in return than we could ever provide — unconditional love. And in our crazy, stressed out, burnt-out lives, that is something irreplaceable and, indeed, indispensable. Perhaps there is more to that civilization myth than meets the eye.
The rewards of keeping a pet are great.
The cost of loosing a pet is often underrated.
Only when more people are brave enough to share the impact their pet has had, and the pain their passing has caused, will it be socially acceptable to cry in public over the loss of a family pet.