My Soul Mate

By Kate, age 18, New Hampshire
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

They say everyone has a soul mate in the world. Some go through life never meeting theirs; others simply wonder how they will know who their soul mate is. I'm lucky to say that I've met mine, and I knew she was it the moment we first met - the day I took her home at 8 weeks.

Who said your soul mate had to be human?!

Jessie has been with me for a wonderful six years, and I wouldn't trade a moment of it for anything. She was born on July 3, 2003, and the moment I received that faithful call from my then-boyfriend, I knew it was fate. For on that day, it was my 12th birthday. What a better gift than the gift of kittens - one soon to be your very own?

I was so excited that he was letting me take one of them, and even more thrilled that they were born on the same day as me! He described the little kittens to me every day as they played and grew, until it was finally time for me to pick one out. I'd had my heart set on the female - the only girl out of four little kittens. She was the only black kitten, the others a more gray, and she was supposedly the runt.

The day I brought her home can only be described as the day you bring home a newborn baby, and though I've never actually had this experience, I knew that bringing home this new member of our family was the same thing. My family and I laughed as she wobbled around the house, exploring her new surroundings. We awed at her little mews and cuddled her in our arms.

I'm not quite sure how I came up with the name Jessie. I originally wanted to name her Ruby - the July birth stone, but it seemed too...childish. I didn't want a name like Fluffy or Whiskers, but I did like Ruby. I played around with different names before thinking of Jessie - and it fit. I just knew that was what I wanted to call her - Jessica Ruby - I just HAD to have Ruby!

For six years I've watched her wobble and grow into a mature, spastic cat, and even now, she's still my little baby. When I come home from college, she sleeps with me at night, and when I'm relaxing on the couch, she sleeps on my lap. All my friends know her as the fat cat, currently at 18 pounds and on a diet. (She doesn't even eat that much!) But I wouldn't have her any other way. And for a fat, lazy cat, she sure can run fast when she wants to!

This July, we will celebrate our birthday together like we always do - I wouldn't have it any other way. I know she is the love of my life, and I wouldn't trade that for the world. We've grown together for six years and will only continue to grow together. I don't know what I would do without her - she truly is my soul mate.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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