“I have this stray cat who always waited across the street”, my friend said. Then, she was still a volunteer. Now, she is my caretaker, and my flat mate.
“She is afraid of my cat, so she waited by the shade across the street. If by chance I got out from the house, she will run to me, and ask for a little food”
I had a feeling I knew where all this would end.
“I feel sorry to leave her by the road, because no one takes care of her. She is never mean to everyone, but many are cruel to her, and she never allows anybody to touch her but me”
I jumped right into the end, head first.
“Can you trap her?” I replied, “You know we are full, but if you can trap her, we can spay her and I will find a safe space for her around the mountain. We can come visit everyday”
So, my caretaker trapped her.
Two days later, she delivered two babies, with much difficulties and pain; due to undernourishment and stress.
None share the greatest joy but us, despite knowing the challenges surmounting in raising this family. First to recover the mother, then to help her kittens grow.
But none has the biggest delight, if not us.
Despite all her troubles, all her challenges, all her pains, Mama Mika, willingly took charge of all the kittens who comes flooding into our shelter in the weeks to come.
No less than a dozen dumped on us every day. Some made it through, some were late, yet not a single one go without at least a single snuggle and a sip of nutrition.
Mika brought back our hope. In desperation amidst our struggle to keep the shelter alive after the rush of renovation and fatally infected kittens, who needs much energy and attention, she reminds us of the power of hope and faith.
Of loving each and everyone, one at a time, one after another.
Mika reminds us that angels do not always come by from heaven. It can come from the street, it can come from miles away across the ocean, it can come from a stranger. It can come in dribs and drabs, it can come in big chunks and heavy raining.
It can come from a stray cat.
And most of all from every one of us.