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Social Media Kitty Darling

Posted by admin on June 19, 2019 in Motherless Mom |

 

“Mom, when can we have another cat? “My nine-year-old asks for the millionth time. It has been over two years since our beloved Indiana passed away. My husband and I had cats for 19 years together. After Indiana died, my heart was shattered with grief. I couldn’t imagine opening it up for another pet.

My plate was already full. A new pet would be mainly my responsibility. Over the summer I relented a little and we visited a few shelters. We applied for adopting dogs and we were denied for many reasons. It was obvious to us that our townhome wasn’t right for a dog. So, maybe a cat was in our future.

Social media is my vice and my escape. I love the wealth of information that I can get with one click, especially at Christmas time. One typical Thursday afternoon, I was scrolling through Facebook. My youngest daughter was with her therapist. I thumbed through and stopped when I saw a picture of two kittens in a cage posted in a local Facebook group. Without hesitation I took a screenshot and text my husband. He was home from work shortly after, and told me he couldn’t stop thinking about the kitten. I suggested he take our oldest and go check it out. They left right away, within 15 minutes he texted me pictures.

During one more phone call, I asked him if he could walk away from the little tabby. That made the decision easy. While he stocked up on kitten supplies, I went on my hands and knees to clear up anything that might be harmful to him. As I got my youngest from the therapy room, our new family member arrived with loud mews.

With his litter box location locked in, we all take turns holding him. We had no idea how our youngest would handle the spontaneous adoption. It was clear from the first minute how much she adores him.

Pleasantly, the orange bundle mesmerized her. When it was my turn, he purred lovely like a race engine. My heart swelled 10 times bigger. After an emotional battle with cancer, mental health challenges and grieving, this kid was the best Christmas gift ever. All it took was a beautiful picture on Social Media.

I love that we didn’t force an adoption. We waited for him to find us. He makes all of us hurry home every day. Mind you, it’s like having a toddler in the house again. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Positively Grateful

Posted by admin on April 4, 2018 in Motherless Mom |

“ It was pre-cancerous.” The words just said by the doctor hang in the air within a cartoon bubble. I watch his mouth keep moving. However, his words are on mute to my ears. When I finally tune in again, I realize he is talking in a serious doctor tone explaining that I will have […]

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5 Questions I Would Ask My Mom

Posted by admin on July 4, 2017 in Motherless Mom |

My nine-year-old daughter just put me through an interview. She asked questions about my favorite movies and favorite foods. I was delighted to answer every question. Her curiosity shows off her brilliant mind.   I only knew my mom for ten years. Without a doubt, I know what I would ask her today.   Mom, […]

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Grief Without Borders/Thank you, from Canada

Posted by admin on July 4, 2017 in Motherless Mom |

It is 2018. Many fellow Canadians are opting to not travel to the United States because of the current political climate. I can’t help to think of the American experience we had in 2013. It was the first Family Day here in my province. And we had to leave our country for the day. My […]

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The Wind of Autism

Posted by admin on March 27, 2017 in Motherless Mom |

Like a sunrise I didn’t know I needed, you marched into our life to make your claim. Your silent words I should have heeded, delays past milestones, red-flags everywhere. Your eyes expressed when words failed. The simplest thing could trigger a storm. I pulled every trick I could until you sailed back to the moment, […]

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My Writing Life: Mom Edition

Posted by admin on March 19, 2017 in Motherless Mom |

  You can’t edit a blank page, just like you can’t make a kid take a nap. When my oldest was a baby, inspiration hit me to write a children’s book for her. Our oldest cat was getting on in age. I was afraid she wouldn’t know him as she grew up. One day while […]

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Thank you, Mr. Vint

Posted by admin on March 8, 2017 in Motherless Mom |

Snuggled on the couch with photo albums spread out, my kids ask again for stories about when I was in school. It is the end of the current school year. We are chatting about the good memories of the year. My kids are amazed that there was life before them. “Who was your favorite teacher […]

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Why Did She?

Posted by admin on February 10, 2017 in Motherless Mom, YAFiction |

I hate her. There, I said it, or at least in my head. She was supposed to come home today. All those medical talking heads said August 15 would be the date. Adults are liars, even grandma and grandpa. They say we get extra time at their house. Are you serious? I’m supposed to be […]

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When You are Ready to Quit: Don’t

Posted by admin on February 4, 2017 in Motherless Mom |

  My tunnel vision sharpens, my eyes are focused on my MacBook screen. The message stares at me without blinking. I have read it a possible few hundred times. I swallow in attempts to quench my parched throat. My voice echoes the message. “ Thank you for writing about what I have been thinking… None […]

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My Autism Confession

Posted by admin on January 15, 2017 in Motherless Mom |

It is 3:45 am according to my ancient clock radio. My youngest daughter drags my right hand to pull me out of bed. She leads me to the gate at the top of the stairs indicating she wants to go downstairs. I slide on my eyeglasses to see as we try to sneak downstairs to […]

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