Winter is starting to grasp Missouri with cold and wet winds.
Blue skies are replaced by gray ones
At different times of the day and night, We could hear crying
sometimes faint and other times louder.
One night, I put my bags down to listen in the dark.
I traced the sound to a detached garage of my neighbor. It was a cat making deplorable pleas. This neighbor did not own a cat.
I could not open the door of the garage to free it.
My neighbor was rarely home. I opened a small can of cat food and slipped it over the top of the door to feed this abandoned animal.
The next day we saw kids in their yard and asked about the cat.
He had gotten trapped there and they could not have a cat.
He had been in there, I do not know how long.
We told them that we would take it. It took nothing to coax it out.
They were not feeding it or giving it water.
When I picked it up the purring began and gentle licking despite the bones that made up its little body. Puss oozed from his eyes and nose.
Dirt covered its fur, now that she was too weak to groom herself.
I fed her until her hearts content and put her in my padded dog kennel, soft and warm.
Two days have passed and the antibiotics are starting to work. I feed her wet and dry food as much as she will eat. She sleeps on my chest while I watch TV. I have not washed her yet. I am afraid her tiny bony body could not stand the shock until she is stronger.
I realized that I will leap to rescue an animal in need. I am endlessly patient to nurse a sick one to health. I will reach out to comfort another
person who is hurt or feels like they have no value.
Many of us are quick to rescue, love and care. Yet many will let themselves go, forget their meal plan and neglect their health.
As I pet this cat who I am calling Elizabeth, I thought we must remember to rescue ourselves, to care and nurture our health.
We never know, when we will be needed to rescue another…
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