It seems fitting that with my latest book, I have found myself writing about animal cruelty. I was a Vegan as a child and teenager and although originally only for allergies, I was always a compassionate soul. As I grew in age, so did my feelings grow to protect these animals.
For 5 years, I served as a Foster home through Citizens for Animal Protection and I would have continued on but I fell in love with my Tabby, Hans. Sadly, Hans was hit by a car a year ago and as my longest relationship to date at 18 years, his loss hit me hard. We’ve all experienced loss of loved ones and this loss of my furry friend made my vision more clear. Even my naughty but loving dogs, Harry and Roxie felt the loss. Their sadness was deafening and their love for him warmed my heart.
Last year, I was asked to write a story for a wonderful family in Houston and after collaborating with their daughters, Reva and Saleela, we decided to write about animals. Although writing for children, I was drawn to bringing to light the treatment, or rather the mistreatment, of animals. I realized the obvious double entendre with “animals” as the subject of the book from the start and it was my “loose” title for the first couple of months. I explored the idea that not only has mankind forgotten to be kind, but that it only a selfless act made by these two kind, young girls will lighten their “darkened” path.
I find the “animals” that make the choice to hurt those who cannot speak for themselves despicable. I am so angered by their inexcusable behavior that I feel an obligation to speak to those willing to listen. As a children’s book Writer, I know people are listening and reading my words. And as a mother of 3 impressionable children, I am very much aware that I must lead by example. My children and those around me, will know kindness and compassion for our beautiful animals and Mother Earth if I show the animals this same compassion and kindness. Although I am limited with my time and cannot do all that I want to help, having the unique opportunity to partner with organizations like CAMO Animal Rescue has renewed my spirit. I am thankful for the time I’ve been given on this earth and I choose to not squander it. Please find time to show compassion and kindness to those around you; despite any language, cultural or ethnic differences. You’ll find your heart will grow if you take care of these Compassionate Souls.
Until next time my friends…Be Kind.