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A picture of our cat Suki's face

You Can Make A Difference

Hmm. Five minutes to present any topic that I want to a group of young schoolchildren.  Lot’s of topics jump to mind, including:

  • Be kind to all living creatures
  • Believe in yourself
  • Questions are more powerful than answers

Five minutes isn’t much time. I need to have something I can demonstrate in an engaging and meaningful way.  Kids don’t have the greatest attention span, so I will tell a story.  The story might go something like this:

One day, Joey was out in the neighborhood delivering newspapers and he saw a cat get run over by a car.  He dropped the newspapers, rushed over to the cat, scooped her up, and ran home.

Bursting through the door, he shouts for his mom, who iss busy trying to finish the laundry before going to work.

“Mom, mom, we need to get this cat to the vet, she was just run over by a car!”

“Oh, that’s terrible, Joey,” his mom says, rushing over to take a look.  Inspecting the cat she realizes that this cat is in real trouble, that she doesn’t have the time to get to the vet, and that they don’t know the owner and won’t be able to afford the expenses.

“I’m sorry, Joey.  I just don’t think that there’s much we can do.”

“Why not?  You’ve always helped me take care of animals.  Why can’t we help – she’s going to die?”

Mom looks at the clock, back at the cat, and grabs her car keys.  At the vet, her suspicions are confirmed.  Surgery is required.  She and the vet agree to work out the financial details later and do what they can to save the cat.

Mom drops Joey off at home, where the sitter is waiting, and Joey takes off to finish delivering his papers and find the owner of the cat.  Knocking on door after door he asks if the people own a cat, and if they do, he provides a description of the orange, white, and gray cat.  This goes on for about an hour, until he finally comes to the home where the owners live.

Joey explains the situation provides the business card the vet provided for him.

“Thank you so much,” the people say. “Kitty is such a wonderful cat.  We will call right away and let you know her status as soon as we know.”

Joey heads home to eat dinner and start on his homework.  He learns the next day when he gets home from school that Kitty will live!

About three months later, Joey is delivering his papers and the owners of the cat come outside to greet him.  They give him a kite from a vacation they took, and share with him that since Kitty has been home she’s been a different cat.  She demonstrates affection to all people and even dogs, something never before seen, and the owners are convinced that Kitty knows that Joey, a human, saved him.

A picture of Suki with her back to us  Suki sitting on a couch arm facing usHome on the Couch 2

Perhaps not the best told story, but these are just talking notes for my presentation!

Thinking about what the kids can walk away from this story with:

  1. Don’t always take the first answer you get.  If Joey had taken his mother’s first answer the story ends with a dead cat.
  2. Other people will do mean things, but that doesn’t mean that everyone will.  There is a mix of good and bad acts within this story.
  3. Even cats can recognize that you are kind and this will impact their behavior.
  4. You can make a difference.  Without Joey’s actions Kitty surely will pass.

What do you think?  Will the kids like it?

Daily Prompt: Proud

In response to the Daily Post writing prompt on February 15, 2013.

Prompt:  When was the last time someone told you they were proud of you?

When I first read this prompt, I wanted to do something a little different, so I wrote a short piece of fiction to practice my dialogue writing.  I’m not thrilled about the results, but it’s a quick read and feedback is appreciated.

As it relates to me specifically, I’m blessed to have a very supportive family and have been told several times in the last couple of months that they are proud of me.  I suspect that has something to do with a December birthday and the reflective nature of the time period between Thanksgiving and the new year, but my family supports me in everything that I do.


Working Title:  Baby Steps

“I’ll have the black bean roll ups,” he says. “And can I have a garden salad before the meal comes?”

“Sure. Anything else,” asks the waitress.

“Nope, that’s it.”

“Okay, I’ll be right out with some bread.”

“How come you didn’t get a burger,” the women across from him asks.

“I’ve been reading this book, “ he says. “Did you know that people that work in slaughterhouses have more repetitive use injuries like carpal tunnel? The stress in those places is incredible. They start to abuse their families after a while – it’s scary.”

“So it’s not about the animals then, it’s about the people?”

“It’s about all of it,” he says. “The people, the animals, my health. I don’t know. I’ve been eating meat for over 40 years but I think it might be time to try something different.”

Our waitress walks up and returns the bill.

“Thanks. Have a great night,” she says with a smile. Turning to the table next to us, she holds out a pitcher of water asks if the couple wants a refill.

“You know, “ says my wife as we’re walking out the restaurant. “You might try not eating meat.”

“Huh? Where’s that coming from?”

“That couple sitting next to us. You can’t tell me that you didn’t hear their conversation.”

“Oh, yeah, that. I heard it.”

“So, why don’t you think about making that kind of lifestyle change?”

“I’m already trying something different.”

“What’s that?” she asks.

“I’m only having one dessert a night,” he says with a smile as he slides into the driver’s seat.

“I’m so proud of you,” she says, pulling the passenger door shut.