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Weekly e-Gram for members and friends of Dublin Community Church

July 16, 2010

PET SOUNDS

When did summers get so BUSY??  Rev Tussing is off on vacation this week so I have a bit more going on with work than usual. But even when Rev Tussing is NOT on vacation, it seems like I constantly race from one thing to the next, all summer.

Whatever happened to those lazy, hazy days of summer?!  Doesn’t it seem like when we were kids the days were endless and all we had to worry about was rolling out of bed and running outside to see who wanted to play? Now it seems like my life is so “scheduled” – even in the summer - and I think most people would tell you the same thing.

With four kids, a job and aging parents, there isn’t a lot of time to lie around.  And that is the excuse I have used for years whenever my kids have brought up the idea of getting a pet. Frankly, even though I had a cat AND a dog growing up, I just have not been able to muster the ambition to allow myself to think about adding one more thing to my “plate” – pets are too much work, too much expense, too much!  My kids love animals and so we have tried goldfish – and hermit crabs – but you just can’t cuddle up with a hermit crab – and honestly, they’re pretty boring…

So, this spring I allowed myself to get talked into kittens.  We all figured kittens were much more “self-sufficient” than a lot of other pets and so it wouldn’t add too much extra work to an already busy schedule.  A family friend’s cat had kittens and wanted to give us two of them and it seemed fine enough - until the day the kittens actually arrived at our house.  I admit I had a bit of a panic attack – have I lost my mind?!  How can I take on even one more thing!

It took all of about two minutes, however, till we were all smiling. How can I describe it?  If you are a cat person, you already know what I mean.  If you’re not a cat person, just imagine a place or person or thing that calms you and makes you smile no matter what kind of day you are having.  That’s what the kittens are doing for us.  They are hilariously entertaining when they wrestle with each other, and adorable when they snoop into everything and it makes me smile every time I sit down and one (or both) of them curl up next to me.  They have quickly become a welcome addition to our family.

As for the extra work?  When I arrived home from church last Sunday, I found myself cleaning the litter box – everyone else in the family was conveniently “busy” at that moment.  So, I went from leading Sunday morning worship – to changing the litter box – all in about an hour.  A very humbling experience! However, when I was done, I plopped down on the couch, and both kittens crawled up next to me and snuggled in for a nap – and THAT made it all worth it.

Ah, those lazy, hazy days of summer…

Shalom, Pastor Lisa Bowersock

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