What my cat and my brother teach me about service

Everyone talks about how dogs teach unconditional love, but cats, silly, bouncy, meowing kitty cats teach humans how to serve. 

Oh sure, your dog loves you no matter what, but does that really help YOU develop as a person? You need a cat– a selfish, picky cat, to truly learn about service. My cat doesn’t like to see the bottom of his food bowl. He likes to cuddle up on my lap, but only when he feels like it.


When I dress up my cat; that might be something that I enjoy, but I can’t call that service because that is for me. A few years ago my family did a clothing drive for refugees (cool, right?) only to find that the refugees had more clothes than they knew what to do with! They actually just needed to be taught how to use a washing machine.

The other day, my brother’s friends came over to watch a movie. It was a good movie and halfway through my brother Xander asked me to make him a glass of chocolate milk., I know that chocolate milk is something my brother can get for himself. But I did it.

His friends were all amazed, “Your little sister is so nice!”

Xander said, “Yeah, she’s great.” and our love for each other grew just a little bit.

Trust me, Xander doesn’t always think I’m great. I’m the youngest and my brothers are always accusing me of being spoiled. But I learned a long time ago that simple things make my brothers really happy.

One day it might be doing their dishes job when they have too much homework or just running down to the basement to get something they need.

Sometimes the best kind of service to our friends and families is something that they can do themselves. My brother is completely capable of stirring chocolate sauce into milk. But me doing it makes it SO much sweeter.

My cat appreciates it so much more when I put some cat food in a bowl instead of placing him in an elaborate costume. So, maybe our service could be a little simpler, a little sweeter and include a little more chocolate milk.

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I’m a guitar player, cake baker, nap taker, personal trainer (to myself haha), a have-it-all-pulled-together-faker, and sometimes a writer. My cat is my best friend, I cannot make good mac and cheese for the life of me and in all honesty, this is terrifying. I really do make chocolate milk for my 5 older brothers whenever they ask.

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  • Michelle Catherine Walker
    May 12, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Great article! Great writing! ?

  • Michelle Lehnardt
    May 12, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Mary, your willingness to make chocolate milk and help in so many ways, make our home a much happier place.

  • Lizzy M
    May 12, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    I love this! I think that I just might go back and read this every day because that is exactly the kind of person I want to be.

  • Anabella Schofield
    May 13, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Hi Mary! I really like your perspective of service, and I want to be more like you too 🙂 And your kitty is so cute!

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  • Veronica
    May 21, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    So sweet! I need to be better about focusing on what others would appreciate.
    (And I love that cat picture.)