Aging Ranch Cat

Jared Barlament
2 min readJan 8, 2022

Meditating on the suddenness of slowly growing older

I had always been the youngest kid, and never by a minor stretch of time. The pets who everybody else knew as young and full of life were old and weary by my high school years.

Sitting, walking, waiting for the dog to take a bigger breath before continuing; so much was daily life. And spending time with elder animals is much the same as time with elder people; lots of slow movements sleepy times, and meditative bonding moments. And death, in animals, in older years, and on the ranch, is inescapable. Some people vividly…

Jared Barlament

Columbia University undergrad studying archaeology and philosophy. Writer trying to say something of interest every once in a while.