Junah Tales by M.R. Neer
When the three sisters brought Junah Cat to the House by the Garden, he was very young. Sister Laka said they chose him to come to their house because of the black-and-white color of his fur. His back and sides were black, but he was white on his chest and around his legs and mouth.
Sister Duma said that meant he could hold together the dark and the light. Junah cocked his head when he heard that, not sure what she was getting at. But then, while he was still wondering, Sister Sara said they had big plans for him.
That really got his curiosity going. Duma started humming in his ear, while Laka gave him some water to lap up, and Sara started telling him about the big adventure they had in store for him. His eyes opened wider with each new revelation from these mysterious sisters.
“Junah,” explained Sara, “we want you to use your curiosity to discover the secret of the garden and then share it with others.”
“If you know the secret,” he asked, “then why don’t you just tell me?”
“It’s a secret that you have to discover for yourself,” Sara continued, “You have to experience it. When you really know the garden, then you’ll know its secret. Only then will you be able to help others experience it too.”
Junah asked the sisters to tell him more about the garden, but they suggested he go and see for himself. “Explore the garden,” Sara told him, “and make some friends along the way. We want to you to learn all you can.”
“Sounds like a big mystery to me,” he meowed. They just smiled and looked at him intently. He scratched his ear, thinking how much fun it would be to explore this special garden that they had talked about so much. Of course, they had planted this idea of a secret in him too. It inspired him to want to learn everything he could about the garden. It was his very own purpose, given to him by the three sisters who had built the garden. He felt so special!
“Well, I like to learn,” Junah said, “so tell me when to start!”
Junah was excited. His curiosity was high. Tomorrow he would enter the garden. Little did he know how long this adventure would take or how much he would grow along the way.
Junah’s purr: Having a purpose helps you grow.
Stay tuned! Episode 5 will come your way in two weeks.