Many of you might remember the gray tabby kitten, known as Lulu, who entered into my life through a rice sack. While she started out feral, she soon became mama’s pride and joy and made herself at home at the end of my pillow. She was a huge source of love and support for me while I transitioned into my new life in Port-au-Prince away from Frank.
When we first returned to Haiti in February, we heard rumors that she was spotted on the NMH. After several visits with no Lulu sighting, we finally decided she made it to kitty heaven after all. This loss while small, when faced with the reality that over 200,000 people died on January 12, 2010, still hurts. Lulu was there for me when I needed a friend and the fact that we will never know what happened to her has been difficult for me to swallow.
Even though the pain of losing Lulu still exists, there is another kitten in the Thorps future. Am I crazy to sign up for round two? Our friends Ben and Alexis were also bitten by the Haiti kitten bug and welcomed Luna into their home about 5 months ago. In that period of time Luna has grown and as a result of the earthquake, the visit to the vet to get Miss Luna Bo Buna snipped snipped did not take place. Alas, she is PREGNANT and as the house guests who were around when the seed was planted Alexis and Ben twisted our arms into taking one of the kittens.
It has been almost two months and Luna’s belly is growing and growing. She has even started nesting…
Luna is definitely thinking about having a water birth in the dish washing bucket.
The bets have been cast and I think I definitely did not think this one through. I bet Frank that Luna would have her kittens anytime this week before Sunday at midnight and he bet that she would not have them this week, so any other week but this one. Besides not being a smart gambler, the kitten countdown has begun. We will keep you posted when we hear something, which will hopefully be before Sunday.