A sense of relaxation comes over me while I look out the window at the freshly fallen snow. The forest beyond the edge harbors life I’ve never seen but only heard of. Sia belts out Fire Meet Gasoline lyrics in the background. My mind is on NaNoWriMo and him.
Every year I get excited about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The anticipation of participating with other writers worldwide is worth a smile. It is an inclusive activity. It is filled with others writing out their dreams, ideas, and hopes all at the same time as me.
Saturday’s used to be all about Saturday Morning Cartoons. But, today I spent it at the office. I am not at all complaining. The work I do benefit the lives of humans and animals alike. Today, I met a group of like-minded students eager to do the same. The experience they’ll gain coupled with their personal goals and endeavors will set a positive tone for their careers.
Just like with humans, there are animals I’ll never reach. There are eyes out there, connected to minds, that process who or what I am and want nothing to do with me. It used to hurt my feelings – intensely. Now? I take a deep breath, blink my eyes, and treat them with kindness.
At home, I foster two kittens. One kitten enjoys my company. The other kitten would rather I leave the room. I get the shoulder, head turn, ears down, squinted eyes and sometimes a hiss or two. All I can do is breathe easy, stay calm, and go through the motions of feeding, watering, cleaning to keep him safe and alive. The purpose of fostering a cat or dog is to give them an opportunity to experience life at home before life in their forever homes.
My mind will never stop going to the parallel of fostering children. The goals are the same: provide a safe and stable home environment complete with typical home experiences while a home is found that will take them on for the rest of their lives. I find it sad the need exists for both, but, am thankful to do what I can for domestic animals. Fostering a child is much much more difficult to get into. I asked once.
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