When is a sign a sign, or a coincidence just that?
From what one may gather, the winter of 2018-2019 is not one that shall soon be forgotten by the good folk in Washington State. In all the time I spent there, I was spared such dramatics. The hills are steep and snow a rare enough event that people never learn quite how to deal with it.
The white stuff in my driveway was an uncommon sight. In all of the years that I lived in that house, I was never again aware of a car turning in front of the gate. The space is too small and the wide cul-de-sac opposite is a far more convenient place for such a maneuver.
So the fact that a car turned as it did, just as there was sufficient snow to record the fact, was something of a coincidence. In fact I had only recently moved to that house and it was only by chance that I happened to glance out the window when I did.
Perhaps not everyone sees those tire marks as hearts, but I certainly did. And I wondered, is this a sign of encouragement for the foster-home I was about to open for cats? Who can say.
Whatever you think of the tire treads, surely you cannot see the above as anything other than heart-shaped? Perhaps I would not have felt compelled to photograph it in different circumstances. It is, after all, a shape in a kitty-litter box. But when I saw it, my own heart did a small flutter, the reason being that the very day before I had unexpectedly lost my dearly beloved Thimphu.
I will write more about my sweet little Himalayan in due course. Suffice it to say he was very precious and 24 hours prior, as far as I knew, he was in perfect health, so to find him mortally ill that morning was a horrible shock. I could have taken him to a specialist but I trusted my vet and I could see that Timmy was already in extremis. I couldn’t bear to let him suffer while I drove two hours in search of an unlikely better answer.
It was one of those terrible decisions you are called on to make in minutes and spend weeks second-guessing. But I know it was right. I was just so unprepared. But that is why when I saw tthat heart the next morning, I had to wonder…..