Lots of friends and readers have tweeted, Facebooked or emailed me to ask about the kittens...how are they, and did we adopt one?
I wish I had a happier story, guys.
After weeks of feeding the kittens + watching them grow, we decided it was time to save them before we moved 20 minutes away. This lead to a week of in-vain attempts to sweetly coax the mother away so we could access the kittens. She grew more aggressive, scratching us, hissing, and cornering the kittens so we couldn't reach. We grew more frustrated each time, and after a final failed attempt on moving day, we knew it was over. So we left them with plenty of shade, food, water and air kisses.
My lip quivered as we drove away, and fat tears pooled in my eyes. I was so in love with the kittens...they'd gotten me through some pretty homesick days. And I was devastated that I didn't save their world.
You see, I was raised in a country where "You can do anything you set your mind to" and "You can save the world!!". I adore that American pie-in-the-sky ideology. In the future, I'll have children and will feed them on a strict diet of such sentiments.
But when you grow up, suddenly saving the world isn't as easy as it once seemed. Especially if you're living in a foreign country that isn't like the world you've always known. (Tens of thousands of feral animals, very few shelters, no animal control to assist, etc.) Sometimes, you have to adjust and admit that you cannot save the world...or even a few feral kitties. It's a bitter mouthful to swallow. Sometimes in life, all you can do is leave a situation better than the way you found it.
And that's what we decided to do with kittens in Kuwait. Strays are so prevalent that we've already found more kittens in the garage of our new apartment. We can't save all the kittens in Kuwait, but we can make sure those we see daily have access to food and clean water, and appear to be in good health.
And so I've changed my American "you can save the world" mentality to a much more attainable sentiment...at least for the time being:
Maybe you didn't save a life, maybe you didn't change the world, but perhaps you can say you bettered it.