I read an article the other day in a lady's magazine. You know the kind of magazine-it touts perfection and creativity in every aspect of your housewifely enterprises. And I was just about convinced that I could turn out a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving with little autumn leaves cut from pastry all around the crust. Yeah, I could do that while living in the motor home. Not so much. Any way, one article had a byline of "I'm thankful for my messy life". A stay at home mom/journalist who makes herself cheery by thinking that she is grateful for having to wash dishes-because it means they have enough to eat etc... I thought "Nice sentiment" and continued to consider cutting tiny oak leaves from pastry dough.
A few days later, I was-butt in the air-kneeling in the kennel-cleaning up after 4 kittens that someone had dumped off at the house we are in the process of buying. Yep-4 scraggly, sickly, starving bundles of fleas, etc..We took them in-thinking to make them healthy-then pass them off to the local shelter with a nice donation. Stop right there! All the shelters are over flowing with animals abandoned by home owners who have lost their houses, or those who can't handle additional bills in this monetary climate. So, after looking at the local bulletin boards-already plastered with pictures of kittens "Free to a good home". We decided to keep the little buggers. Now, you all know I am a dog person-my boxers really are my furbabies. And we already house a cat that is elderly, and can't follow DD2 to college, and a cat that hates me from my mother-who was placed in a home. So this Thanksgiving, finds us living in a motor home with 2 dogs and six cats. I am getting around to being grateful-just hang on! I realized as I was cleaning up a kitten mess of litter, food, vomit and little kitty deposits-that I was grateful for the kittens. To watch rescue animals slowly learn to trust, to fill out, to become fluffy little mischievous kittens is truly something to be thankful for. They love me-unconditionally. That is a really wonderful thing.... Will post kitten pictures whenever I reunite the camera with the recharger and the download cord-I think some parts are in Ohio-others in NY. But my life is MY MESS, and I am grateful for it.