The Residents at The Assisted Living Center, and the Lost Kitten
--by SissyLee, posted Jul 14, 2017
My dad taught high school for 30 years and took a course in stand-up comedy so as to better keep the attention of his students. I'd say he's still got it. He told me he will do what he can to talk about global warming to any one who will listen.
He sometimes asks about my poetry box so I told him about KindSpring member Mindy's poems and the peace doves. He told me he would like to hand doves out at his facility. He said that would be a very big deal there. So I am making a bunch to send him.
This morning I entered the nursing home and was immediately told that one of the residents was asking where I was and he had been wheeling up and down the corridor looking for me. I went to his room first and played for a half hour. He always loves the music. He puts down his current mystery and dozes to the strains. I wasn't able to make it to his room last week and he was so sad about that. I won't miss his room anymore.
I played to another woman who was actively dying. Her eyes were shut and her hands very cold. She was breathing sporadically. The hospice nurse was very glad I was there. I played slow and unwinding music.
On my way home, traffic was held up in front of the University stadium -- it is a busy area and a young woman was trying to get a tiny (maybe 8 weeks old) kitten out of the the road. The kitten was terrified and she finally got the little one but dropped him. The kitten ran to the curb and lay there in shock. I pulled over and got out as she had gone back into her truck (maybe since the kitty was out of the road her part was done) and simply scooped him up.
As I was doing so, two beautiful young men pulled over and asked if I needed help. well, I said, maybe. I showed them the kitten and popped him into the cab of their truck. They were instantly in love, calling moms and girlfriends. They also knew where the shelters were in town.
I told them I could take the kitten to one if they couldn't, but they told me they would take the kitten and if they didn't keep him, they would take him to a shelter. As I left, I heard one say, "kittens deserve better than this." There are some truly wonderful young people out there. My heart broke with happiness to see these guys caring so obviously.
That little kitty had quite a chain of human helpers today -- the girl who stopped traffic, me who lifted her from the gutter and the two sweethearts who took her. She is safe.