|Purred: Sat Jan 29, '11 2:35am PST |
|it takes more imagination, more planning, more thought to get your pets the same quality of care when your income is limited...but my limited income friends with children face the same dilemma, and i don't hear that many people suggesting that only people of a certain income level and above have the right to propogate the species. it also takes more imagination, planning and thought to have fun and have hobbies and entertain friends and really, do anything besides eke out the miserable hand-to-mouth eyes-down please-sir-may-i-have-some-more existence that seems to be all some people think poor people have a right to. it's like they think a happy poor person is somehow pulling one over on them or something.
i live on disability, because hello...i'm disabled. i hope to someday get back to work, but right now i live on less than 7K a year. it's...interesting. i live with a roommate, or my standard of living would be quite grim. but because i am creative, and have a LOT of time on my hands?i have a mother who buys me gadgets for christmas and birthdays when she can afford it, so when my health allows i stargaze, and send her pics of the moon that i take through the telescope she bought me with the camera she bought me. she loves my pictures. she also bought me a Nook-i buy my own books, most of my downloads are free or nearly. i saved up and bought origami books and supplies-a cheap hobby, and one that i can usually physically manage. and i have the 3 kitties. i take their pictures. i draw them. i play with them. they eat TOTW and we get most of their stuff delivered-feliway, revolution, toys, etc. Humane Society fix-it van spayed Kaya, Kalamazoo Rescue spayed Jadyn & neutered Wesley. Vetting is interesting, i need a ride and i physically need help...but less of a deal now that i have a chore provider paid for by DHS so i actually have that transportation and have that help, now it's just the vet bill and the frayed nerves, and that just means saving...and i am very, very good at saving. nothing to be done about the frayed nerves, really.
i wish that everyone could just KNOW that every life counts, and every life is worthy, and understand how totally irrelevant money can truly be. i mean, they've done studies, and money makes a difference in life satisfaction when it lifts people out of poverty-heck, i'm sure i'd be happier/more satisfied if i weren't living so dramatically below the poverty line. but after your needs are met, money doesn't improve your life. it just doesn't. and if i can meet my needs and the needs of my animals...well, less stress would be good. it would be good if i could afford certain things for MY health, actually. but i simply don't believe any of my cats (who are all rescued ferals) would be better off without me, just because i'm poor. actually, i think there are few more natural fits than rescued ferals and outcast humans...fewer more natural fits than abandoned animals and humans in danger of abandoning hope...i don't think anyone has the right to even question this. reminds me of a Shakespeare Sonnet...well, here...it's 116:
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
Love is just love. Okay?
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