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Throwaways, Cats, Travels, and People

Updated on January 31, 2018
Traveling can show us how small we are in the grand scheme of things!
Traveling can show us how small we are in the grand scheme of things! | Source

A Kitten Trying to find Home

Tiny mews filtered through my kitchen window, drawing me out of a stupor. Drop-dead tired because I had just returned from a trip to the top of the world, well actually, the farthest reaches of the USA, or as they put it, “As far as you can go without a passport,” I could not even see straight and there a needy kitten was darting around in my back driveway.

Stepping outside I saw her (all cats are girls and all dogs are boys, you know) as she scrambled to the hedge-cover that she had chosen as a temporary home. Immediately, she was named Smoky. Such long black/grey hair for so little a creature. She hopped along with her tail straight up, lonely, lost and frightened. What could have possessed someone to drop her off like that?

My gentle lady (see my HubPages photo-is that an avatar?--I need to look that up) was comically confused. She had tried to nurture baby squirrels that fell from their nests in past springtimes (unsuccessfully I’m glad to say). She had tried to make friends with every cat and dog within 10 blocks, and she tries to make friends with children whose happy ways scare her, but she had never seen a kitten before. Rather sad, I know, but she nor we could take care of litter after litter if she had not been spayed.

She was born on a farm to a ptiiful mama that was unwanted and had been dropped off with the expectation that someone would take care of her (or that she would fend for herself in farm country). We were delighted to take the runt of the litter! Her back legs were a little askew (maybe she was just knot-kneed) and she was smallish, but mainly she was too smart for her own good.

Once, when she was a young teen-ager, we were alone in the house. I heard her tumbling around somewhere when I began typing. Time passed quickly and the next thing I knew I had that eerie feeling of being observed unawares. It is always creepy.

Turning slowly from my keyboard I looked down and there she was sitting regally like a princess with her tail wrapped around her front paws, wide-eyed, “chawing” the air. She was copying my gum-chewing while I was working! Yikes. That was even eerier.

Have I told you that story before? Hmmm...I’d better get back to the visiting kitten. Poor thing, it would not let us get close. Late that night I heard a strange rattle at our cat door in the garage and peeked out to see her once again scrambling around.

I put some food and water out hoping she would try it. It was all the same story the next day. My poor cat was walking around with a strange frown and meowing the question, “Can you please help her now?”

Sigh. I would like very much to have been able to do that very thing.

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Find Fabulous Fresh Food at the Top of the World!
Find Fabulous Fresh Food at the Top of the World! | Source
Go Close to the Bluest of Skies!
Go Close to the Bluest of Skies! | Source
First Moose Sighting--When all Else Fails, Travel to a Park!
First Moose Sighting--When all Else Fails, Travel to a Park! | Source
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Small Bears...BBBut They GGGrow BBBIG In The Woods! | Source

Throwaways, Travels, and People

All this got me to thinking about throwaways and it was too sad for me to dwell on at the moment. I had to ponder things for a few days.

As I traveled I had watched people connecting in airports and heard snatches of conversations, observed countenances. I had enjoyed family and interacted with people in their home towns, then began to look forward to coming back to my home.

En route I watched kids who had been thrown away and saw parents who had been thrown away. I met those who had lost as well as those who were lost. I saw emptiness that I wished I could share truth with if only there were time enough to have a real conversation.

The world is full of hurting people in the grip of something bigger than they are. The unique independence of Alaskans, the arrogance of Seattle’s oh-so-tolerant city dwellers, the whiskey-smooth sound of Memphis citizens, all have the same common need.

Then, when you meet someone who has believed what God says about His Son in His Word, you often know it immediately. They stand out in the crowd and will often times start a meaningful conversation.

The one stranger that has become a new friend from this trip is carrying one of the deepest hurts a parent can experience, but her face shines. She has that promised peace that passes understanding and she is drawing nearer to her Lord.

Our paths crossed inexplicably and in this case we were drawn together, instantly realizing that our spirits bore witness to each other’s. It is a beautiful, comforting thing. Christians have something that no other group of people have and it is an amazing gift. "Hello," K. :)

I think of Christians who are being violently persecuted in other parts of the world while we are free to meet and greet each other openly, enjoy worship and fellowship together, and even share the truth of the Word of God with those around us.

Would I be able to say as they have been recorded saying, “I consider it a privilege to suffer for my Savior like this” in the face of beatings and imprisonment, in the face of knowing that I would soon die for my faith? Oh, Father, help me to be faithful!

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Closing Thoughts

The kitty cat? Well, I think a neighbor who works for a vetrenarian was able to retrieve her. I hope so, anyway, because she is gone. I think, though, that the memory of her fearfully skittering across our backyard will always be a part of this particular trip.

Traveling gives us many experiences and sometimes it is a useful thing to give some real thought to what we see happening in the world. In a sense, there really is nothing new under the sun. Human behavior left to itself is exactly what God says it is.

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  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    4 years ago from the short journey


    Thank you for taking time to read this hub and for your meaningful response. Traveling can open up our thinking in unexpected ways if we pay attention to what is happening around us.

  • techygran profile image


    4 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

    Hi Roberta,

    This is a poignant, sweet story. I like how you juxtaposed the little kitty up against the people you see in airports who are lost and lonely and world-worn. I love how you offer hope and salvation through your relationship with Jesus, and don't just perpetuate the lostness and hopelessness of this world we inhabit. Voted up, shared, pinned.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from the short journey

    Peggy W:

    It's an interesting thing to watch and interact with people when traveling--a real learning experience on more than one level. Thanks much for stopping in (and for reminding me to add more photos--soon!).

  • Peggy W profile image

    Peggy Woods 

    6 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Reading about your little lost kitten ( I do so hope that she was saved!) brought back memories of our Mama Kitty. I wrote a hub about her titled Halloween and a Black Cat Story for the Entire Year. Hope that you do add more photos of your Alaskan journey. As to throwaways of any kind...we should treat our fellow man and creatures better!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from the short journey


    Thanks bunches for checking out some of my other work. Those poems are really for the grandchildren, added to HP just because I could put them here for my babies. :)

    Appreciate that you read through this rambly hub, and that you let me know!

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    Kristin Trapp 

    7 years ago from Illinois

    RTalloni - You always leave such nice comments, and today when I saw your name on my "feed" I remembered that some of the first hubs I read that you wrote were love notes to your grandkids. That was almost 4 months ago, so I thought I would look to find something that you wrote before I existed on HubPages, and this is the hub I found. I'm glad I did.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey


    No, we never saw or heard her again. She was very frightened and either ran away or was rescued by someone else.

    So glad you enjoyed reading the hub. Thank you kindly for stopping by and commenting!

  • Lucky Cats profile image


    8 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

    Hi there. Did the kitten come back? I hope so because I know you would give her love and a wonderful home. Sweet hub and very interesting imagining your travels. Thank you! Kathy aka Lucky Cats

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks for stopping in, so glad you enjoyed the photos! Alaska is stunning--you put it well. Have not been there in their spring but they say it's not so pretty at that time. Their summer is like our peak spring for three months so that seems to make up for everything. :) Thankfully, when I was there in January they were having a mild week. It was only 5 below and the weather was calm. Very different kind of cold and a very different kind of beauty. Thanks again for coming by and for commenting!

  • GALAXY 59 profile image

    Galaxy Harvey 

    9 years ago from United Kingdom

    Wonderful pictures, Alaska looks stunning. It sounds like you had a great trip and making a new friend is always a bonus. Hope the kitten did find a good home.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks for stopping by. This was quite the rambly hub! So glad you enjoyed the pics.

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    Nell Rose 

    9 years ago from England

    Hi, it certainly sounds like a wonderful trip that you had and I love the photos, I like the way that you think cats are she and dogs are he! makes sense! nice to meet you, cheers nell

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Just returned from the mountains and I think our (oho--what am I saying) the kitten is back. I wish I had a 12-y-o with a sister here... maybe we should name her "Perseverance" -- if we can catch her. Sigh.

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    Katie McMurray 

    9 years ago from Westerville

    John 3:16 Oh cats are such a gift we just had a little black kitten show up on our doorstep and my twelve year old and her sister have taken great care of the kitten, first named her chance as she now has a chance! Oh God Bless Us each and EVERYONE! Peace :)

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks bunches for coming by. I try to "read around" each time I open HubPages. :)

    Thanks much for leaving a comment as well. This was a little rambly, but sometimes that's a good thing for it helps one to "unload."

    I want to focus on a real picture montage from this trip soon.

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    Audrey Kirchner 

    9 years ago from Washington

    I had to come check out your hubs because you were kind enough to stop by and check out mine!

    Lovely hub and I love your pics. I also love your cat! Too funny that she is trying to mother everything and sounds a bit like someone I know very intimately. Throwaways seem to be a commonality in our society these days and anyone who takes the time and care to try and save them has my praise hands down. You are right as well, missions take on many forms - or should!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from the short journey

    No, not a missionary trip, but then again, isn't everything we do one? :) Thanks for stopping in!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    It sounds like you had quite a long journey, maybe like a missionary trip and saw a lot of people in pain. I loved the picture of the moose. It is good to have you back.


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