Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Out on a Limb

Last night our little Ling Ling found herself out on a limb.
I was sure she was in the house, safely sleeping someplace warm and cozy.
I know I let her in right before the sun set.
But she must have escaped and right before midnight, Hubby heard the most pitiful cries.
He called me out onto the deck to listen.
Yes, it was Ling Ling. And after stumbling around in the pitch black trying to call her in, we realized
She was out on a limb.
In a 60 foot maple tree.
At midnight.
Now this little diva has not so much as gotten her feet wet walking across the lawn.
How she managed to get herself halfway up a giant tree in the middle of the night, I'll never know.
We would have discovered her missing, as we do a head count before bed.
But she must have been in this tree for quite some time.
And lucky for her, we have Hubby in our lives to do rescue work.
I can't even tell you how many times he has had to do this important and much appreciated type of work.
Flat tires. Car trouble. Keys locked in ignitions. Broken this and broken that. Children and pets in precarious places. Life's turmoils. The list goes on.  
Now, you would think that he would start complaining. He was in his PJ's. He had turned down the covers. He had to get up really, really early after working really, really late.
But there was no complaining, just a sigh of resignation as he got dressed and in the dark of night, went up to the scary place behind the shed and retrieved his big ladder. The heavy one. The one that is so tall, it threatens to fall over backwards as he wobbles it into place among ferns and underbrush and in between branches.
And then my gruff, tough man of few words climbed to the top of the ladder in the dark and gently coaxed a frightened little cat to trust him enough to let him carry her down.
This is our girl today. Certainly exhausted and unwilling to venture very far, basking in the morning sun.
While poor Hubby had to get up early and go off to work.
Without one complaint.
Just a little smile as he walked by her this morning. And a little scratch behind the ears.
He thought I wasn't looking.
But that is one of the things I love about him.
He is willing to go out on a limb for us.
Just don't expect him to talk about it.


  1. Such a sweet husband he is and very humble. I can tell how much your family loves and appreciates him. Glad Ling Ling is safe.

  2. Good morning, Karen!

    Wow! Thank God you have that tall ladder to rescue her.

    You are indeed blessed with wonderful children and a loving husband, Karen ... also a beautiful home :)

  3. Oh my goodness! What a dramatic rescue. You can bet I'd hear complaints about that. :) We adopted an indoor cat and he's never known any different. Chris threatens to let him out to fend for himself almost daily. There's not a Saturday morning though that they're not sleeping in together all morning long!

  4. Dearest Karen,

    Lovely story of true love for a pet and for family. For many as we came to know from this post. A man of deeds; not words!
    Hugs to you,

  5. What a lovely man you have!! I loved the photo of the tree...there was something'special' about the photo! I just love trees! Joan

  6. So glad kitty and husband got back safely!

  7. What a good and selfless man. Actions do speak louder than words! I'm sure Ling Ling was hugely grateful.

  8. Such a reluctant hero and a man of many talents...
    As for that silly Ling Ling, just like mine the name says it all.
    Hope you're enjoying these beautiful days of Autumn.
    Susan x

  9. Now that is hilarious! (I mean that in a good way.)

    I, too, have a rescuer man of few words. They're the best, aren't they? <3

  10. What a cat rescue story! Do you think maybe she'd have come down by herself? Ever wander if one ever would. You husband was great doing that for the cat and you! My husband doesn't like cats so who knows what he'd do. We won't find out cuz we don't have a cat any more! Hugs!

  11. What a lovely post, Karen. Your writing is so engaging and creative. You should write short stories or a novel! Glad kitty is safe and hubby is a superhero :) xx


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