Oh, so you know her? Maybe you’ve heard about her? She’s that kind of person…the weird one, right?
Well, if you’ll keep it on the down-low I’ll let you in on a little secret—she lives in my neighborhood.
She’s quite an interesting sight for sure. I mean it’s quite amazing how all those cats appear out of thin air. It’s like there’s a special code embedded in the sound of the garage door opening that calls them from all corners of the neighborhood.
She’s also pretty consistent.
She goes out each morning and feeds the little critters that come up each morning. And she’s back at it again when she returns home each evening, without fail.
Why does she do this?
I decided to do a little interview, as she seemed nice enough.
Me: I notice that you have a lot of cats you feed each day. Doesn’t it get tiring?
CCL: It’s actually quite a pleasure to be able to help another living creature which needs assistance. It’s become part of my daily schedule. I enjoy getting to see who comes up each day.
Me: You must go through a lot of food?
CCL: Strangely enough it’s not that much. Most of these guys have homes in the neighborhood. They seem to come up just for socializing and a little attention. The ones that are homeless know they can find a decent meal here. It also keeps them out of our trash.
Me: Aside from helping them, do you get anything in return?
CCL: Absolutely! Knowing that they trust that I am not going to hurt them, and that they allow me to be part of their day is quite humbling. I don’t know how much time you spend with cats, but they can be quite judgmental and horribly aloof. It is a daily reminder to be kind to others even when they can do nothing for you.
After a wonderful interview, the question became…who’s crazier, the crazy cat lady or a person that talks to herself?
It’s true, my neighbors think I’m crazy. I’m the weird one that talks to the cats each day (I don’t typically talk to myself out loud, however). But I’m grateful for the opportunity to have these little unexpected joys in my life.
So for Day 3 of the Gratitude Challenge I am grateful for unexpected moments that impact my life. I never planned to be the Crazy Cat Lady. It all transpired through acts of kindness and love.
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ― Mother Teresa
Sometimes it’s the little things we didn’t plan on that make us smile and inevitably change our lives for the better.
Crazy, weird, and wonderful! Make today amazing! Watch for the little things.
“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” -Dr. Seuss
You got this!
P.S. The cuteness in the picture above is one of my rescues. It took a long time to gain her trust. I’m uncertain of her past, but after two years she’s happy as a clam now. When it’s worthwhile it can take time and patience. Be sure to give yourself a break when things aren’t working out as quickly as you’d like. Time. Patience. #adventuresinmyQ2Life