I wanted to join the Kindness challenge right from the onset but with so much on my schedule, I could barely see where to fit it in until an idea struck me that I could tie it with my daily observation of everyday people. I’ll try as much as I can to keep to the challenge for the next few weeks.
However, having always being a people observer, over time, I’ve noted both the lapses in human kindness as well as the beautiful expressions of kindness people show.
The lady below caught my attention during my early morning visit to the park over the weekend.
Pets and strays are not particularly a favourite in this part of the World though people own their pets and learn to keep them behaved, but in the case of strays, they are at the mercy of mercy.
I’d noticed the cute kittens when they wandered closer but within minutes, I was privy to a scene that made me happy.
The kittens seemed to know that their benevolent ‘Cat lady‘ was on her way, so they wandered out of their hidden corner.
She buys food for them from a nearby Waitrose and comes to the park to feed them each day, under the scolding gaze of the groundskeeper.
We had a chat and she related to me on how she had been told off severally by them, but her mind just couldn’t let her be when she thought that they were starving and now the groundskeeper ignores her 🙂
She couldn’t take in pets ‘cos her apartment is ‘no pets allowed.’ We talked about letting an animal shelter know about the little ones and she agreed to look into it and I thanked her for doing what she was doing.
I left with some sense of happiness. Her kindness didn’t go unnoticed.
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha
Observe kindness around you: “no act of kindness no matter how small, is wasted” – Aesop
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May I live,
unafraid to breathe.
Free from a choke-hold,
that becomes a stronghold.
May I live,
unafraid to live,
clinging to my expectations,
with feral desperation.
*excerpts from my poem*