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A tiny gift from Nature

Posted Monday, July 5, 2010, at 3:04 PM

Mother Nature's fury has caused a ruckus lately and no one is immune to her wrath it seems.

We have witnessed tornadoes where there have been none before, we have seen torrential rains where droughts have been prevalent in years past, not to mention this past winter with the record breaking snowfall.

To see devastation of the past weeks' many inches of rainfall is disturbing and costly. I have seen this first hand. Sunday morning was an eye opening experience to just what was happening around us. Seeing that there was over a foot of water in our never before damp basement was a shock to say the least. Cat dishes, cat litter, baskets of clothing, plastic containers all floating about as if we were using them as floating devices. Here we had our own indoor pool, but alas we forgot to remove the washer, dryer and deep freeze before it was filled, ARGH.

We could only laugh, the tears that I had shed did nothing to make me feel better. So why not joke, there was nothing that we could do at that very moment but laugh it off. I felt as though I had been singled out by Mother Nature once again and it wasn't the womanly kind of wrath that I was going through. I had wished that she would just back off a bit, but alas this mess had to be cleaned up and marked down as one more lesson learned...don't ask what lesson, that is yet to be a determined!

After a drive later in the evening and seeing others dramatized by the very rain, I was thankful that we only had a basement issue. Roads washed out, buildings and autos washed away and feed bunks filled to capacity with not feed, but loads of water. Cattle standing belly high in water hours after the water had receded. It was heart wrenching to say the least.

While tooling around the country side, we came upon a spot where my husband had seen a litter of tiny kittens. We looked and there laying against a shed was a gray long haired little guy...he looked dead and I was saddened. All of the sudden a pair of tiny little eyes peered up at us and I rushed over to pick him up. Sad to say though, he had a sibling not far from him that was not lucky enough to have been saved.

And yes, we took him home, cleaned the mud balls from his feather like fur and searched for a name. Following numerous suggestions Will was the winner...he had the will to live, so now he has a home safe from the elements. Out of every bad situation comes a little something good...I've found this to be true... just ask Will.

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Trudy J. Schroeder
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