Marc and Angel Hack Life
Marc and took a walk this morning when we saw a homeless man holding a cardboard box with five kittens meowing inside. The man had a really worried expression on his face. When I asked him about the kittens, he said that someone had abandoned them next to a dumpster in the alleyway where he sleeps. “I’ve been feeding them whatever food I could find,” he said. “But I could use some help if you have some food for them or know someone who could give them a better home.”
Marc and I had a large, unexpected expense pop-up recently, but we decided to use some of the money we’ve made from our book this week to help the homeless man out. We walked over to the bank, withdrew $80, went to the grocery store and bought two-dozen cans of cat food, filtered drinking water, and a footlong prepackaged deli sandwich. We then walked back over to the man and delivered the groceries. He was in shock – smiling from ear to ear and he thanked us repeatedly.
When we got back home Marc called our cat’s veterinary physician, who is the ultimate animal lover, and told her the story about the kittens and where to find the homeless man. This evening we received a voicemail from her. She said, “I just wanted to thank you and let you know that I have temporarily adopted the kittens. I will make sure each of them finds a permanent, happy home. Also, I was so moved by Shawn’s (the homeless man) goodwill, and the fact that he seems levelheaded, that I have offered him a part-time job at the animal clinic and a free place to stay until he can get his act together. Not sure how that will go, but I figured it was worth a try.”
The events of today reminded me that, even when we least expect it, every one of us has the power to make a difference in the world. Our small gestures of kindness can completely change the trajectory of another person’s life.
Enjoy your weekend!
Mystery novelist Nancy Jill Thames began publishing Christian fiction in 2010. The author of six books in the Jillian Bradley series, she is an award winning blogger and is listed numerous times on the Author Watch Bestseller’s List, this in addition to winning first place for her Chocolate Cream Pie.
When she isn’t plotting her next book, she spends time with her six grandchildren in two states, tags along with her husband on business trips, and plays classical piano for her own personal enjoyment. She is an active member of the Leander Writers Guild and supports the Central Texas SPCA with a portion of her book sales.CONTACT INFORMATION
nd. Nancy Jill is busy working on book 7 "The Ruby of Siam" a mystery taking place in London.