Thursday

Kindness, Friendship and Good Deeds




I hadn't planned on posting today, but this story deserves to be relayed.

I've mentioned the Compuserve Forum before; it's an incredible place where I have learned heaps of writing lessons, and skill. Not all that long ago a long-time and vauable member informed us that her [once in remission] cancer had returned. She was moving with her beloved cats back in with family. Her biggest worry was over her cats: how they would adjust; what would happen if she didn't make it this time...

Unfortunately a few weeks ago, she passed away. Through her close friend, word got to the forum that one of her cats hadn't found a home. Likely, it would be sent to a shelter and, being quite old, would probably meet an untimely death.

This is where the title of my post comes in.

A forum member who lives in FL (the cat is in CA) offered to take in the cat if the friend could find a way to get it to her. Another forum member from CA offered to fly cross-country with the kitty! Through an unbelievable series of events (and a 300+post thread) enough money/air miles were donated to fly the member and cat first class to deliver it to its new home.

Now, I know there are people out there who will be thinking: It's just a cat. And an old one at that. But, it's not about the cat. It's about Lauri, the woman who passed away, and her character. A character so beautiful that people are willing to go above and beyond to help her even after her death. I am truly overwhelmed by the love and generosity displayed in this situation.

23 comments:

Christi Goddard said...

That is so incredibly awesome. Good job everyone!

Portia said...

Wow, that is amazing! What awesome friends. It's hard to lose someone, but it's amazing to have meant so much to so many people. A very sweet way to remember her ...

Jennifer Shirk said...

Awww...what a lovely story. It's so nice to hear how her friends pitched in to take care of her cats--something that meant a lot to her.

Summer said...

I think the deeper into internet technology we get, the more these online relationships flourish and people stop thinking you're weird for having these supposed-friends.

I've had two online friends for 12 years, one in TX, one in Canada. I still haven't met the Canadian, but my husband and I have full intentions of visiting when we go to Nova Scotia for vacation...sometime. And the one from TX, who was my best friend through my teen years, I finally met as a junior in college. It was amazing, and even if we eventually drift apart, I'll never forget those friendships.

Thanks for sharing such a beautiful story!

Lola Sharp said...

Oh, this story made me tear up. I LOVE hearing about kindness and what REAL love is. To me, love is a verb.

Thank you for sharing this loving story.

Jon Paul said...

Great story, Tara. I hadn't much looked into the Compuserve forum, but I will now.

Goes to show, it is truly amazing how generous people can be.

JustineDell said...

Awe, this is so neat. I love it when people come together for things like this. There are those who aren't selfish!

Thank you for sharing a wonderful story!

JD

Alesa Warcan said...

Two big thumbs up, people can be awesome.

Piedmont Writer said...

I'm close to tears. That was such a compelling story. You never know who'll you meet on the internet.

Roh Morgon said...

What a beautiful story. That kind of comraderie is rare, but when people tap into it, it's power is unlimited.

Thanks for sharing...Lauri must've been a very special person - and so are her friends.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lauri's friends are some awesome people!

Suzie said...

Very beautiful story. Thanks for posting! I got chills. You're right. It's not about the cat. It's the love for Lauri. I'm sure she was smiling down on them with great pride in her heart! I would have been.

Talli Roland said...

What a heart-warming story. She must have been a beautiful woman for everyone to pitch in like that.

Bane of Anubis said...

Terrific story. Thank you for sharing.

Palindrome said...

what an amazing example of kindness.

I look for those little stories that make me believe that there is some hope yet in this crazy self-centered world.

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm completely teary-eyed right now. What a powerful story of the effect one lovely soul can have. Lauri was obviously a wonderful person and will be dearly missed. Thank you so much for sharing.

Susan Fields said...

I have goose bumps! That really is an amazing story, thanks so much for sharing it! With all the horrible stuff going on in the world, it's really uplifting to hear stories like this.

DL Hammons said...

That is a heart-warming story!! Thanks for sharing that with us Tara!

Erica Mitchell-Spickard said...

That made me a little weepy. People can be really awesome, thanks for sharing this :) OH, and you should check out my blog or the Chimera blog..just sayin ;)

Tara said...

My internet went down yesterday and today was the kids first day of summer, so we spent it out with friends. Just now getting them in bed. I'm next!

Anyway, thanks for all the comments! This really is an amazing testament to the good in people :)

Jai Joshi said...

I haven't read this post properly but I wanted to drop a quick hi to say that I'm back and will be catching up on things soon!

Jai

Vatche said...

What an awesome and inspiring story, Tara. Thanks for the link to the forum, too; I hope to learn as much as I can about the craft and the art of writing. Write on!

Sangu said...

What a beautiful story. Thank you for this, Tara.