Friday, February 29, 2008

Formerly Feral Friday

Good morning!

The sun was shining so beautifully this morning, I decided to go for a walk on Shelter Island.








My pet human went with me. It's a lovely area of the San Diego bay, where lots of really wealthy people keep their boats. All of the most exclusive yacht clubs are on Shelter Island.

It's a wonderful place to walk, and many people and dogs walk there. (I'm the only cat, though!)



Today, I watched while a bag lady went through the yacht club trash cans picking out the recyclables. She turns them in for the redemption refund. This is one way she earns money. She looked pretty clean, but her clothes were very old. So I don't think she is necessarily homeless, but definitely struggling.







I was really amazed by something she did. Whenever she found leftover food in the trash can, such as a half eaten hamburger or french fries, she took the food out of the trash and fed the ducks and seagulls.

I was struck by this paradox....so much wealth....and one bag lady, with million dollar yachts surrounding her, making sure that garbage doesn't go to waste.


Food for thought during this presidential election season.

Yours truly,
Skittles, The Huntress
Formerly Feral

11 comments:

Kimo & Sabi said...

Wowy - makes ya think, doesn't it.

P.S. Whut a beeyooteeful place to live.

topcatrules said...

Hello. :) This is all three of the topcatrules cats - Tigger the FBI Cat lives with us, Trixie and Pyewacket.

We wanted to come in and say hi - mom has been part time on here for a few weeks - tooth problem and also starting a hard new teaching class.

We love your blog.

Can you come over and tell one of us, if you didn't break all that glass, who did?

Karen Jo said...

That does make you think. It was very kind of the bag lady to feed the leftover food to the birds. I wonder why the people who tossed it didn't do that instead?

Catherine Roseberry-Meyer said...

Great post Skittles. So much waste...

But nice pictures!

Mickey said...

Shelter Island is very pretty! A great place for a walk(minus the dogs)
Funny about the lady, it seems when you have hard luck,you have more compassion for others and for birds. We are a wasteful society.

Purrs Mickey

WW said...

Tigger, Trixie, and Pyewacket,

Skittles told the truth about the crystal hurricane lanterns. I broke them. The edge of my suit jacket caught one and then it was like dominoes.

My little sweetie didn't do it!

WW
aka The Pet Human

Tybalt said...

Oh, that lady was NICE to make sure to feed the animals. I like her style.

It does make you think.

Those pictures are GORGEOUS, by the way.

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

Yeah, well...the rich don't really care about the poor. We live in a Me-me society and altrusim is on life support.

It's a beautiful island. I need to send my Human out with the camera one day. She can be so lazy about things.

Daisy said...

That does look like a very beautiful place!

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Compassion is a gift not everyone is given...When mom and dad first got the bean gerls dey was furry poor. Often they would come home from work and someone would have left a package fur dem. Sometimes clothes for da gerls, sometimes shoes, sometimes a nice roasting chicken or a bag of potatoes...mom never knew who it was but had her suspicions. She has always paid dat forward, and tawt da gerls to do da same. If it wasn't for da kindness of dat nice old couple sometimes dey would have gone hungry, she's never forgotten that.

Lux said...

You sure live in a beautiful place!

That was very thoughtful of the bag lady to feed the birdies!

Friday, February 29, 2008

Formerly Feral Friday

Good morning!

The sun was shining so beautifully this morning, I decided to go for a walk on Shelter Island.








My pet human went with me. It's a lovely area of the San Diego bay, where lots of really wealthy people keep their boats. All of the most exclusive yacht clubs are on Shelter Island.

It's a wonderful place to walk, and many people and dogs walk there. (I'm the only cat, though!)



Today, I watched while a bag lady went through the yacht club trash cans picking out the recyclables. She turns them in for the redemption refund. This is one way she earns money. She looked pretty clean, but her clothes were very old. So I don't think she is necessarily homeless, but definitely struggling.







I was really amazed by something she did. Whenever she found leftover food in the trash can, such as a half eaten hamburger or french fries, she took the food out of the trash and fed the ducks and seagulls.

I was struck by this paradox....so much wealth....and one bag lady, with million dollar yachts surrounding her, making sure that garbage doesn't go to waste.


Food for thought during this presidential election season.

Yours truly,
Skittles, The Huntress
Formerly Feral

11 comments:

Kimo & Sabi said...

Wowy - makes ya think, doesn't it.

P.S. Whut a beeyooteeful place to live.

topcatrules said...

Hello. :) This is all three of the topcatrules cats - Tigger the FBI Cat lives with us, Trixie and Pyewacket.

We wanted to come in and say hi - mom has been part time on here for a few weeks - tooth problem and also starting a hard new teaching class.

We love your blog.

Can you come over and tell one of us, if you didn't break all that glass, who did?

Karen Jo said...

That does make you think. It was very kind of the bag lady to feed the leftover food to the birds. I wonder why the people who tossed it didn't do that instead?

Catherine Roseberry-Meyer said...

Great post Skittles. So much waste...

But nice pictures!

Mickey said...

Shelter Island is very pretty! A great place for a walk(minus the dogs)
Funny about the lady, it seems when you have hard luck,you have more compassion for others and for birds. We are a wasteful society.

Purrs Mickey

WW said...

Tigger, Trixie, and Pyewacket,

Skittles told the truth about the crystal hurricane lanterns. I broke them. The edge of my suit jacket caught one and then it was like dominoes.

My little sweetie didn't do it!

WW
aka The Pet Human

Tybalt said...

Oh, that lady was NICE to make sure to feed the animals. I like her style.

It does make you think.

Those pictures are GORGEOUS, by the way.

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

Yeah, well...the rich don't really care about the poor. We live in a Me-me society and altrusim is on life support.

It's a beautiful island. I need to send my Human out with the camera one day. She can be so lazy about things.

Daisy said...

That does look like a very beautiful place!

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Compassion is a gift not everyone is given...When mom and dad first got the bean gerls dey was furry poor. Often they would come home from work and someone would have left a package fur dem. Sometimes clothes for da gerls, sometimes shoes, sometimes a nice roasting chicken or a bag of potatoes...mom never knew who it was but had her suspicions. She has always paid dat forward, and tawt da gerls to do da same. If it wasn't for da kindness of dat nice old couple sometimes dey would have gone hungry, she's never forgotten that.

Lux said...

You sure live in a beautiful place!

That was very thoughtful of the bag lady to feed the birdies!