If you’ve heard of The Fault in our Stars, (and if you haven’t, drop everything and begin reading it because it’s an AMAZING book), you’ll appreciate the journal of Esther Earl, the girl who inspired The Fault in Our Stars. John Green dedicated it to her.
When I picked up This Star Won’t Go Out, a journal kept by Esther Earl, with remembrances by her parents, and an introduction by John Green, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I found that she was an immensely talented girl with a voice all her own. And then, I found a page (page 72 to be exact) where she lists things she’s thankful for. First on the list, “my cats!”, Second on the list, “my family!”, Third on the list, “oxygen machines”. She listed her cats, Blueberry and Pancake, before the machines that helped her breathe.
I love all animals but I believe if you’ve never had a cat, you’ve missed an irreplaceable life experience. When Esther Earl was in the hospital, a nurse helped her sister sneak one of her cats in the hospital to visit her. And the cat helped.