So many of my “when I’m a mom” goals have been rooted in the things I was exposed to while writing for the newspaper — things to do, people to be like.
And it’s all the feels you guys, now that I’m a mom. Now that I’m doing those very things, rather than just writing about them.
Here’s just one example.
It was 2008 and I was writing for a section of the newspaper called “Good News.” We printed all the community’s fundraisers, donations, and achievements there, next to pictures of ribbon cuttings and smiling faces.
This page involved me re-writing everything from formal press releases to cute handwritten notes from little old ladies. I wasn’t a city reporter yet, so I never interviewed anyone for it, but I was on my way.
One of the regular contributors was a cat rescue that I forget the name of now. Every Thursday I’d write about how they needed donations of litter, food and blankets.
When my mom wanted to buy a kitten for my little sister some months later, I told her I knew just the place where we could adopt one. I was so excited to finally interact with the cat organization that I had been writing about all those years.
I called for my mom, and the adoption group put me in touch with a foster in Arroyo Grande, just a little south of where I worked in SLO. I drove to her house. She was a mom
who fostered kitties with her children as a hobby, giving her kids something to do.
The fam had transformed their entire garage into a kitten haven, with climbers made of netting and pvc pipes from floor to ceiling. I was so impressed. I thought she must be the coolest mom ever! And that one day, when I was a mom, I’d love to try what she was doing
with foster kittens.
And now, here we are. While we don’t have a kitty gym built in the garage, we do have two ginger babies from Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART). And I hope I’m teaching the kids something worthwhile.
Now that I’m a mom.