Anne’s preserves raise money for the Surrey Community Cat Coalition
Having lived for a few years where the temperature can drop to 35 or 40 below zero (-31 to -40 F) for a month at a time, I appreciate some of the challenges of working in remote northern locations.
Photo: a young raccoon scales a fig tree, August 2013
As an animal lover, it pains me to see furry or feathered victims of car collisions lying on the road. I do what I can to have the bodies removed as quickly as possible. Sometimes it involves a little intuition, which might be a powerful tool even to save lives.
At an event recently, I found myself avoiding the eyes of someone. I remembered how he had hurt me, and thought that maybe if I avoided him, I could convey that it wasn’t cool what happened. I could choose not to engage with him. Later I was scrolling through my photos and noticed someone who looked similar. I remembered how every time I saw him, I would draw back a little, before realizing that he was not the same person who had hurt me. Had I made a mistake?
Irene Plett is a writer, poet and animal lover living in South Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.