Mothers At Heart

I have a friend who’s in the midst of a big dilemma. She rescued a pregnant mama cat and can’t decide to abort the litter or not.

Half of her friends say, of course…what are going to do with all those kittens…are you crazy?

The other half, meaning me, understands why she’s painfully on the fence.

Neither one of us ever had kids. We say things like, never wanted-em…A-OK about the whole thing. I have a husband, that’s enough.

Stock phrases are great, they almost fool even you.

Then you find yourself madly in love with a basset hound that’s not even yours and a knocked up cat who likes to have her soon to be big belly rubbed till the cows come home.

So you name her Bella, which means beautiful in Italian, because she simply glows, like all expectant mothers, causing you to fall head over heels for this furry creature who’s just so happy she’s no longer outside.

Women were born to mother. It’s in our genes. That’s why we fuss over our men and fret when that one limping squirrel doesn’t show up in the morning for breakfast.

Women who were blessed enough to have children have a venue to pour their love and concern into.

The rest of us have to improvise.

My friend has the biggest heart. She would have made the best mom, but for now she can love Bella regardless of what choice is made concerning her condition.

Did I mention she has four other cats also rescued from the great outdoors?

I myself would be thrilled to push Carmela, the basset, down the street in a stroller. I’d smile and nod as dozens of people purred at the sheer sight of us…

a mother and her basset hound.

Women, we were born to nurture.

We were meant to love.        images



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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16 Responses to Mothers At Heart

  1. micklively says:

    There are times when it is a definite mistake to allow your heart to rule your head: this is such a time. I understand and sympathise with your compassion for the unborn kittens. Unless your pal plans to have all the kittens spayed and has a (good) home lined up for each of them, allowing them into the world is irresponsible.


  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, I’ve always said that baby anythings are so loveable.


  3. I was thinking of the verbs “mother” and “father” and I think our language does a disservice to men. I agree that women are meant to mother things (people) but are men meant to father things? Mothering has images of lovingly taking care of a baby, while fathering is just getting someone pregnant. All that to say, I’d like to be a father too. 🙂


  4. yes, we were meant to love. I think it comes like second nature to many of us. My girls say I will mother anyone who stops to talk with me for more than two minutes. I fear they are right. Great story.. Thanks.


  5. katecrimmins says:

    For me, things work out. A few years ago, my fish population in my pond exploded. (I had a slut fish who was dropping eggs like crazy!) It was at max capacity but they all fit and there was enough space and food so I let them be. People said I was crazy and needed to get rid of some. Never did. I never had that birth explosion again and nature took care of some (eaten by predators). Now my pond is down a few. I am hoping one of my fish drops a few eggs this summer. Also, my good friend (very soft-hearted man I worked with) took home a stray pregnant cat who lived under the dumpster at work. She had 4 kittens the next week. A family member took 2 and I agreed to take one but he decided to keep her and 2 kittens. Within 2 years he lost 3 of his aging cats and last year lost the last old one. Now all he has are the mother, 2 kittens and another rescue (a month old stray his wife fond on the road in the pouring rain). That’s 4 cats which is what he had when he found the pregnant one. It all worked out.


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