It's the small things that bestows much joy on me many days. I don't know if it's because the world is too much with me, rich with killing and abuse, greed, and political and economic hypocrisy, but I find and take happiness in little things - like pet adoptions.
Friends of the Animal Shelter - FOTAS - maintains a bulletin board in 'my' coffee shop, The Beanery. On it are pictures of the animals now available, complete with wonderful descriptions of their personalities, brief bios, and the sort of environment the shelter folks think would best serve these cats and dogs. When they're adopted, Julia comes by and scribbles 'Adopted' across the small flyer.
I inventory their status each morning, wishing, someone select the long haired 3 year old long haired ginger, Garfield, or the sweetly smiling pit mix, Olivia, or the six month old tuxedo, Fritz, with the alert, inquisitive face. How can they ignore those faces and stories. I'm sorely temnpted to add another animal to my household but restrain myself, knowing it would probably drive me, my three cats, and my suffering wife, crazy.
Today, two-thirds of the fourteen postings have 'Adopted' written on them, including Garfield, Fritz and Olivia. Good news. I hope they've found good forever homes.
I'm glad people adopted them, and thank those people as well.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com