Well, it's been a tough week and a half around here. So tough that I've actually gotten kind of mean. So tough, that I'm glad the boyfriend is off to a family reunion this weekend and I get some time to just curl up into myself and not have anyone to snap at.
But just now, I've gotten some news that's made me a lot less snappy, a bright ray of sunlight that's pierced through my stormy thoughts:
Hermes the cat has found a new home!
It's taken almost a month, and there have been a lot of ups and downs in the process of trying to find a new family for my brother's cat. We've met interesting people, I've had personal information posted without my knowledge on Craigslist, we've had some hopeful moments, including finding a person who seemed like the perfect new human pal for Hermes...who then just didn't show up to meet him or my brother. The best part of this search has been seeing how kind people are, how willing to reach out and do whatever they can to help. So many of you guys here have offered your support, good wishes, and have also lent a hand in different ways. My brother was so moved by this, and impressed. I was also moved - but not impressed; I know that being a part of OS is about so much more than just blogging and the occasional dust-up. I know we are a community, and look out for each other when we can.
In fact, despite all of the wonderful, resourceful animal rescue people we were in touch with, and despite real-life friends and family spreading the word in "the real world", it's thanks to this online community that Hermes found what I hope will be his happily-ever-after, forever family.
Since I"m not sure how much information I can share, I won't go too into details, but I will say that a blogger on Our Salon, where many of us also blog, contacted me last week after reading one of my posts about Hermes. She and her family live on a farm not too far from where my brother is. Despite certain challenges, like Hermes' not being too fond of men, and her having a husband and other male family members, she felt moved by Hermes' story, and wanted to take him in. After exchanging phone calls, emails, and photos with my brother, they decided hers would be Hermes' new family.
I can't say how grateful my brother and I are to her and her family members. I can't say how much we wish them - and Hermes, of course - well. It's beyond measure and beyond words.
Even if you aren't much interested in cats or animal adoption and such, I think there's such a great lesson to take away from this experience: Life may not always bring or be what we expect, and sometimes, no matter what we do, nothing will make a situation better. But if we can at all, it pays so much to try. Sometimes, wondrous things will happen.
Thank you so much again to all of you: your words, good thoughts, and help, have meant so much, and been such a comfort to me and my brother during this chaotic, tough past month.
Wishing Hermes and his new family a life together filled with love, laughter, health, happiness, and purrs.