I have expounded many lives and death in the past decade, but just about today, the words escape me. We have had so many matching challenges before, and after ten years of tepid reactions most of the time, the passion with which you have answered my call swept me off my feet. Never, never in my life I have been so afraid for our lives because this time is especially challenging. So many cats with terminal illness come to us, so many kittens dumped on the street, there is not enough time for us to give one a name.
And yet, here we are; in the heart of the glorious victory you all give to the abused, neglected, malformed and homeless cats of Bandung.
Here we are, basking in the warmth of the sun you made to shine upon the lesser of our brethren.
For all of those, there is not enough gratitude ever in the world to offer you.
If there is any regret, it was the power failure that crippled the whole nation on Sunday, August 4th.
Electricity went out at noon in Jakarta, our capital city, and soon widens to the whole of Java and Bali. What we all thought would last only a few hours, ended up keeping us dark for over twelve hours.
Followed right after, internet went down, then ATMs went down, then the cellphone signal went down.
For one whole day our country was thrown back into the stone age.
For twelve hours, Romeo and Maki were on their own, as their life support equipment died down.
All of the progresses we made thus far, were gone.
It was painful watching TV, when the power went back on the next day, despite only in major areas. It was painful watching the director of the electrical company in all her calm and composure going round and round like an idiot at the face of our angry president.
It was painful that this woman, impeccable French manicure, perfect make up, skin as glass, and that brilliant large diamond ring around her finger, shrug the catastrophe off as a mere accident. In many thousand years she wouldn’t have known what sort of hell she brought into the country’s economy and life aspects of the small folk she will never come to know existed.
Never the less, we are grateful that despite all the setbacks that we have to catch back up, Romeo and Maki survived.
Whatever happened is a glaring reminder of how fragile we are, and much more so, how vulnerable are the animals who never chose to be born in this lawless country, yet have to survive the hell hole anyway.
Whatever happened reminds me that everyday, we could lose someone at any moment, and therefore I would love them more fiercely and freely, and without fear, not because there is nothing to lose, but because everything can always be lost.
Whatever happened underlines and highlights the importance of our work.
So, as we celebrate the glory of our love, I hope we would not stop too long. I hope we will take this chance to move forward and keep building the wall that will keep our little friends safe.
I hope to see you again soon as we go through more ventures to safe life today. We can change the world tomorrow.
Thank you, everyone. Truly, there will be no salvation for these cats without you.
~ Josie T Liem