A few weeks after we adopted her, I was driving home from work and I thought about Beauty. A lovely name and she certainly fit the description. Some friends said, “You can’t change her name now”, and initially I agreed. When I adopted my three older daughters from China, they knew their names and while I added new names to the mix of what they were called, to this day, we use their Chinese names. I began to feel that in adopting this elderly cat, I wanted to offer her our own thought and choice of a name. Her life with her previous mom had ended with great sadness and tragedy. I wished for her a new beginning. Later that day, I shared these thoughts with Priya who emphatically felt the same. She did what many of us do these days and scrambled to the internet for inspiring names. We quickly settled on Aria, meaning song, and this morphed into Ari in no time. Or, Ar-Ar or Arzie. She seemed to come to life with her new name. It was indeed a new family, a new home, a new beginning. However long that new beginning would last, none of us knew. I have written about what I call an “exquisite sense of timing.” Although we make plans for our beloveds, they have their own ways of inserting their wishes into those plans.
Special thanks go to the North Providence Animal Shelter for advocating for Ari (Beauty) so well; to my sister Barbi and Elissa Alford who transported her home; to my wonderful daughter for her endless support and care; and to Ari's first mom, who cared for her for nearly 20 years until she couldn't anymore. We are carrying on her love for her Beauty.