He's the newest member of our household. Dre was named after my husband's favourite rapper Dr Dre (it was going to be Killah but yeah...nah sorry hunny). This little fellow knows how to bring tears to our eyes. And I'm not talking about the tears that spring forth when he uses his super sharp claws to make his way up our legs and into our arms either (Ouch!).
He was rescued from the animal shelter for a couple of very strategic reasons. Firstly, we wanted our son to learn compassion, care, sensitivity and gentleness. He struggles with these things because of how he's wired. The research shows that autistic children can benefit hugely from connecting with animals, so this was a great opportunity for us to try something different. I guess we shall see!
Secondly, we wanted to inject a little joy into our household. It's been a tough couple of months, and the truth is the special gift God gave this family had been missing for a while. You see, our household was well known for being filled with laughter. We are always laughing, mocking, being cheeky and cracking each other up. No one was exempt from our humour either. Like I said we were well known for it. I've always said one of the most essential ingredients in my marriage has been laughter and it's kind of like the glue that holds this family together. So what do you do when the laughter dies out? What do you do when the atmosphere turns sour and all you can talk about is the hard stuff? You get a crazy kitten that's what you do. And watch the room light up with everyone shrieking in hysterics at his silly little antics. He's not the answer to all our problems - but he sure does help in his own little cute and crazy way.
Joy is essential in this life. And it can come in all shapes and sizes to. The lesson; do whatever you need to do to bring joy back. We all need it, and it's not hard to find. It may mean you're stuck cleaning super smelly cat logs out of your garage at least 3 times a day but the sacrifice is worth it. To see the smile on my families faces and to feel the smile creep over my own face at the most unexpected moments is something to cherish, protect, and be thankful for. It truly is the little things!