I take in strays-of a particular kind

I never knew I would be that kind of person.  Born without the ability to resist a small unclaimed soul, no matter the found state. With a family of six in a small-ish house, where am I going to put them all?  I only worry about that later though, not in the discovery moment, not with my sympathetic heart beating hard for the homeless.  If this happended once, even twice, it might be acceptable, not life-changing or atleast life cluttering, but I find them popping up during routine errands.  At the thrift store when I’ve run into to peruse the saturday deals, a garage sale, even at the library.  We tease my mother-in-law for being just like this, she can’t say no, she already knows their name before they’ve entered her house.  But now I don’t even wait until they come to me, I see a sign as I’m driving, logical thought slips right off the road.

I’ve taken in all kinds.  Never loved with the marks to prove it, cherished and then abandoned in a moment of haste, if it has even a hope of finding a home at our house, into the car it goes.  Sometimes I’ve had up to 70 in the car at one time.

But I might not have made myself clear.  I am particular.  I only take hairless, relatively odorless wanderers, with a guaranteed good back story.


I’m hopeless.  And completely resigned to something that makes me happy.



3 Comments so far

  1. Shannon aka Wordgirl July 26th, 2010 4:21 pm

    Kindred spirit. Where on earth did you find that amazing image? Love it! I’ve definitely had some books wrap their arms around me! Luckily for me, I am usually content to borrow my books from the library. Otherwise our house would likely collapse beneath the combined strays found by j and I.

  2. nana k July 26th, 2010 8:07 pm

    This is great! I am disappointed when I check and there isn’t a new entry! I will give up phone calls and emails from my one and only daughter to read her writing!
    love you

  3. Mr. Darcy August 5th, 2010 1:53 pm

    On a related note, anyone out there know how to build a double-sided, floor-to-ceiling bookshelf that will hold hundreds of books more than it appears to hold while able to expand to support someone’s **ahem** habit?

    If so, you could be rich!
    …. lovely post.

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