Blanche drives home after work one late afternoon. The freeway is slow with traffic due to a heavy rainstorm.
As she approaches her exit, traffic has spread out a bit. However, the rain has picked up in intensity. The car’s wipers are working overtime now so she can see the highway a bit more clearly.
As she glances across the median, she notices a man pulled off on to the right shoulder. He deposits a small kitten along the road and quickly drives away.
Blanche can’t believe it. She pulls over to the right shoulder on her side of the freeway, and turns on the car’s emergency flashers.
Upon leaving her car, she pulls her large purse up over her head, checks for traffic, and hurries across the median to the marooned kitten. The rain is drenching her clothing, and she can barely see her way.
Upon reaching the terrified little feline, she picks her up and stuffs the soaking wet kitten into her large purse. She carefully and quickly makes it back across the freeway to her waiting car.
Once inside, she pulls the frightened kitten out of her bag, pats her on the head, and allows her to snuggle on her lap. She is just a few minutes away from home.
When a rain-soaked Blanche walks into the kitchen with the dry kitten cuddled in her arms, her husband looks up from the stove (he is making dinner). In a calm voice, he comments, “Well . . . at least one of you is dry.”
This story is inspired by my sister-in-law’s actual rescue of a cat along a highway where she lives. The cat now has a new home with her mother. The picture above is actually one of my daughter’s cats. She and her husband provide a home for three cats (two females and one male) rescued from shelters.