SPECIAL PEOPLE AMONG US.
I am the most disorganized person there is, but sometimes it works to my advantage. Somehow- I never completed this post which I wrote on May 12, 2007 -- almost exactly 8 years ago. And how I came upon it now is yet another mystery, but I found it among a stack of mail and articles. Reading it, I was taken back to that time, and I found it interesting to read. You may too. Finding things like this may have happened to you and to anyone else who likes to write. Sadly, the person I wrote about in such glowing terms is no longer my friend, but it doesn't really matter because it doesn't lesson the admiration I felt for her then and even now. Here is the post:
The daily news is often filled with horrible accounts about pedophiles, scam artists, the bombings and carnage in Iraq, etc. Thank goodness, that for all the bad news -there are stories of good happenings and wonderful people. We meet them in real life or between the covers of a magazine or newspaper. The lovely lady I am going to write about I first met through e-mail. She was the one whose friend found my home-spun book in a second-hand store and expressed interest in buying a copy. I gladly obliged.
Vicki and her husband Craig live in rural Ohio. I think many of us envy people like them because they live so close to nature. I know I do. Vicki though admits that living here means a lot of work- and especially keeping their 3 acres mowed continuously. Then they also have problems which are vastly different from ours.
Recently, ducks infected their pond with duckweed -- something very difficult to iradicate. If they would opt for a chemical to do the job --it costs $300 a gallon! Costs aside, they don't want to use chemicals. Rachel Carson would be proud.
So what's left -- baking soda and vinegar? Teasing aside --not only are these two natural products often great household cleaners, I find that baking soda is better for my queasy or upset stomach than Tums, and I'm taking cider vinegar supplements to help address my creeping arthritic pain. (The good news for me is that since I wrote this- I never have queasy stomachs anymore and my hands are not arthritic!)
Both Vicki and Craig are involved in animal rescue, and in one e-mail to me she enumerated their dog family by breed: 3 Greyhounds, a Lurcher (Greyhound/Hound mix), 2 Lab mixes, a Shepherd mix, a Borzoi, a Border Collie mix, a Pit bull, a Spaniel mix, and a Blue Heeler mix. A Blue Heeler mix? Couldn't imagine what kind of dog that is. Research on the internet will help when I finish my musing.
And they have 12 cats. One of them is a Himalayan they named Mecca. His owner who had a large number of exotic cats gave him up to the Humane Society after he had become ill with FUS, a urinary problem. She obviously didn't want to invest any money in helping him become well. In my opinion - definitely not a person who loves animals for themselves.
After 2 surgeries for urinary blockage, this beautiful cat -- inside and out, came to live with Vicki and Craig. He is on a special canned Hills Science Diet SX. Vicki also noted that he has long hair which never gets matted. A most welcome blessing to be sure.
Another rescued cat they have is called Peace. He came to them after being hit by a car. His jaw was broken and the vet had to wire his jaw. Because of this, Vicki had to clean out his mouth after every meal until his jaw healed. This white long-haired cat with black tabby spots also had a black peace sign on his head. And appropriately reflecting his name, he is very laid back with a Maine Coon temperament. He had to be --allowing Vicki to clean out his mouth daily. Most cats don't like man-handling of any kind. My beautiful George must have had a lot of Maine Coon in him too because he was just utterly kind and loving. As far as I was concerned -- he could do no wrong.
So, I find this lovely lady and her husband worthy of note and admiration. And just this week (in 2007) Vicki and her friend Joyce went to join a women's protest re the unfair policies of an Elyria shelter which puts down dogs without giving them a 3- day reprieve.
A local TV channel carried the story and they pictured a sweet Chihuahua who had been put down before the protesters had a chance to adopt her. While at the shelter, a forlorn- looking dog caught Vicki's eye, and the next day she went to adopt him. However, she knew she had to make a promise to her husband that she would find a home for him once she had him altered. What a caring compassionate lady!
I hope you agree with me that both Vicki and her husband are worthy of note and admiration. Vicki is even hoping to become vegetarian. She wrote me that last night the meal included pierogis (we call them pirohi ) and a rice dish which included sauteed mushrooms, onions, spinach, and feta cheese. Sounded good to me, and coincidentally, I made a similar dish this past week which I shared with my older sister. Only 4 ingredients: mushrooms, onions, tofu sour cream, and bow tie pasta. She loved it, and so did I.
Thanks Vicki and Craig for being among the speciaI people I have profiled. Thank God, there are more, and they can even be found among celebrities. Jon Steward and his wife are going to start an animal sanctuary after he retires. I am impressed and grateful.
And sadly, we lost a very caring man -- Sam Simon, co- creator of the Simpsons and other hit TV shows. But he was more - a very compassionate man who helped animal welfare groups like Mercy for Animals. Why do we always lose the good ones?
And lastly, another plug for James Cameron and his wife who are both vegan. I understand that they have started a school for vegan children. I hope it has been successful because there seems to be a most welcome direction in this healthy lifestyle which is good for us, good for the environment, and good for the animals who suffer horribly in the CAFOs from hell. We need to open those up and return the farm animals to a pastoral setting where they belong.