It was the moment that every parent dreads, hopes never to have happen. That moment when you find unidentified pills in your teenager’s room. What do you do? Do you confront him/her? How do you handle the situation? Honest conversation or punishment? Well, 16-year-old Ashley Banks forgot her calculator on the day she was scheduled to take the SAT test, so she sent a text message to her mom asking her to get the calculator from her room and leave it in the mailbox so she could pick it up on her way. In the process, her mother found some strange pills and did what most of us would probably have done … she panicked and sent the following message back to Ashley:
“Ashley Carol I will not have drugs in my house. Come home right now. As soon as your dad comes home from California we will discuss your consequences. As for now [you’re] grounded and you will not be leaving the house, come home this instant.”
Imagine mom’s surprise when Ashley’s response was a couple of laughing emojis followed by “go put them in water.” Mom put the ‘pills’ in water and …. Well, you can see the results for yourself in the picture. Needless to say, mom had some egg on her face!
It rather reminds me of the time my late mother-in-law found marijuana in her grandson’s dresser drawer! She decided to destroy it, so she took it outside to a container she used to burn paper and set it afire. Wanting to be certain it all burned up, she stood right over the container and after a few minutes of inhaling the smoke, she was higher than a kite!
Blind Cat Hikes Highest Peak in Ireland
Spooky, our oldest cat, died in March. He was blind, and as such was sometimes quite a challenge to take care of. He turned food and water dishes over more often than he actually ate or drank from them, had to be carried to the litter box, and in general required at least ten times as much time and effort as any of the others. We did this without complaint (mostly), however, as he was quite old, we had him since he was just a few weeks old, and he had given us many years of love and joy. But I cannot picture hiking up a mountain with him. So you can imagine my surprise when I heard of Stevie, the blind cat who shares her home and life with her human companion, Patrick Corr, hiking! Not just hiking, but hiking to the top of Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest peak (3,406 feet)! Stevie mostly walks with a harness and leash, though she (yes, Stevie is a girl) is allowed briefly off the leash on occasion. And Patrick carries her on his shoulder or in a carrier where the terrain is rocky. You can check out the short (3+ mins) video here. (video will open in separate tab)
“Her comfort was our number one priority,” says Corr. “Stevie was only allowed to walk on the path leading to the base and during the climb itself, she was free to walk wherever there was a soft surface – any section of the mountainside that was too rocky, she was carried on my shoulder and via a cat carrier bag that we had specially for the trip.” The pair also took “lots of breaks” and he made sure Stevie always had access to food and water. The climb up and down the peak took between five and six hours. Great job Stevie! Oh, and you too, Patrick!
Hope For Hope
Lakeland, Florida Police Officer Kareem Garibaldi had worked a 12-hour shift, was tired and just wanted to go home. When he reached his car, however, he found Hope, a small stray puppy under the car. Officer Garibaldi took Hope home, and after three days of caring for her and trying to find her owners, he decided to take her to the SPCA for a health check. This picture was snapped of both Officer Garibaldi and Hope snoozing, while waiting to be seen by the vet. This photo went viral on social media, though sadly some had negative responses, saying that the officer was merely trying to get attention for himself, but most of the 234 comments on Facebook were very positive. The best part? Hope now has a ‘forever home’ with Officer G! Hats off to Officer Kareem Garibaldi for compassion and humanity!