She woke with a burst of excitement, today was the day. She had waited much of her life for this chance and finally it was here. It was Bonnie’s 13th birthday, and she was promised a trip to the county animal shelter.
She bounded down the stairs with a fervent energy, ready for a quick breakfast and then off to the shelter. Her parents greeted her in the kitchen with balloons and an off-key version of Happy Birthday and asked if she had decided on a dog or cat.
“Who ever I find that needs the most love,” she said.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – fervent
She had been thinking about adopting a pet but had yet to stop and see what they had at the local animal shelter. On a whim she turned down Fifth street to stop in and look.
Stepping into the office she saw a basset hound sleeping on a pillow in the corner. She approached the receptionist who was petting a tabby cat behind the desk. “Can I see the cats for adoption?”
“Certainly, we are at capacity for cats. We need to make room. Were you looking for a cat or a kitten? We have a pair of adorable siblings that are 3 years old that have surmounted a lot of past abuse to becomes some of the gentlest cats I have ever seen.”
“Can I see them?”
“Sure, follow me.”
They walked down a hallway into a large room full with cages of cats and kittens. “Here we are. The tuxedo cat is Mr. Tennison and his sister is Emily.”
Falling in love instantly with the way the two of them were cuddled up next to each she was sold. And within twenty minutes the cats were on the way home with her.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – surmount
You gave me shelter
From the pain I was going through
I felt you would always be there
But once things calmed down
And the dust cleared you vanished
Silent, distant and unreachable
Maybe you thrive on the chaos
And must be the knight in shining armor
You will always have a place in my heart
For all the help and freedom you gave me
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – shelter
I have undertaken a challenge this year. I am trying to find the good in every day by writing about happiness and gratitude that I feel. No matter how small there is always something to bring a smile or make you grateful, if just for a moment. Follow along with me as I dig deep as necessary and find the peace of the day. Join in if you are feeling happy and grateful too – in the comments or on your own blog. Let’s find some fun!
Tough day… I don’t want to write, I don’t want to read, I don’t want to listen to music, I don’t want to watch TV or a movie. I really don’t even want to breathe at the moment. But this is about happiness and gratitude. I say it everyday that there is always SOME small moment that is good. It is hard to find it today.
My boyfriend was home sick from work today. I kept up on how he was feeling throughout the day… he never asked how I was. It has been snowing all day and the moisture adds to my aches and pains. I am sick of grey days and short ones. I really need spring.
But back to happiness. I had a place to stay today in the warmth – no outdoor job, no going to run errands, no driving in the snow. So my shelter was my happiness today. With my depression and anxiety here with the pain today being home is like having a security blanket – warm and comfortable. I am grateful I can go to sleep and wake up to a fresh (and hopefully better) start tomorrow.