Wednesday, September 03, 2014

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: A kitten trapped in a wall brings joy

By AMY NEWMARK, Chicken Soup for the Soul | 6/9/2014

In their 80s, Charles and Patria Pettingell were in a bit of a rut. Their days had become routine when they heard a faint meowing that seemed to be coming from inside their bedroom wall.

As they recounted in their story “A Gust of Fresh Joy,” written by Marsha Porter and published in our book on the lives of cats, a few days before the sounds began emanating from the wall, they’d seen a stray cat on their roof carrying a kitten in its mouth. They hadn’t thought much of it. But now, they realized that somehow the cat had deposited the kitten in the nooks of their house. Their handyman managed to extract the kitten through the crack of a pocket door. When he handed the couple the kitten, they were “like two kids on Christmas morning.”

In their 80s, Charles and Patria Pettingell were in a bit of a rut. Their days had become routine when they heard a faint meowing that seemed to be coming from inside their bedroom wall.

As they recounted in their story “A Gust of Fresh Joy,” written by Marsha Porter and published in our book on the lives of cats, a few days before the sounds began emanating from the wall, they’d seen a stray cat on their roof carrying a kitten in its mouth. They hadn’t thought much of it. But now, they realized that somehow the cat had deposited the kitten in the nooks of their house. Their handyman managed to extract the kitten through the crack of a pocket door. When he handed the couple the kitten, they were “like two kids on Christmas morning.”

Soon, Charles and Patria’s old routine was replaced by “around-the-clock feeding. What should have made us tired seemed to invigorate us,” they said in their story. When they weren’t tending to the kitten, they cooed about the sounds she made and the games she played. “We loved the way she began to hold her bottle and her angry protests when we removed an empty bottle from her grasp.” These were things they hadn’t done for half a century, since they’d had young children, and they felt reinvigorated. The kitten “managed to blow a gust of sweet joy into our lives,” they said. It just goes to show that at any age we can feel rejuvenated by a pet.

Syndicated by Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, online at www.chickensoup.com

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