Friday, May 19, 2006
  Stray thoughts

When you start opening your eyes to it, you find that there are a lot of strays around.

For example, I saw a Craigslist post about a stray mamacat with her two kittens living by a warehouse. Turns out, she’s right up my street (Peters & 441 for you locals).. Along with two or three (that I saw) adult cats. How I missed them before, I don’t know.

Anyway, I saw them first the night before last. I stopped by again after work yesterday to check out the situation. I found one girl calico kitty (not the Mama) leaning into a garbage can where someone had thrown their lunch remains. I swear, that scene made me sick to my stomach. She’s just this tiny girl cat, so small that her ears are disproportionate to her body, looking for some scraps to fill her belly. Thankfully, I am a crazy cat lady and had a whole thing of cat food cans in the trunk of my car (meant for the harbor cats, which have all disappeared save for two or three), so the girl and her healthier-looking boyfriend both got a good meal.

Then I had to find the Mamacat and her two kittens, which it turns out are living in a vacant lot and taking shelter under a shed raised off the ground. I only saw one kitten this time. It’s still really small, maybe two or so months old. They’re all very scared of Big Scary Folks, like me, so if I want to get the Mamacat fixed, it’ll have to be with a trap. I have to figure out this weekend where I can get one.

In the meantime, I have a little pride of street cats to buy some dry food for. It absolutely breaks my heart that no one else is doing that, which I assume because the two girl cats I saw are so small, scrawny, and hungry. It’s tantamount to seeing a child on the street, starving, and not offering them the $0.25 worth of food that would give them a healthy meal for the day. And in Plantation, Florida, there’s just no reason for any living being, human or otherwise, to be going hungry.

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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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