No matter the cat, feral or homebodies, they always look like they’re up to no good.
I came across this curious pair on a beach in Swakopmund. They are part of a colony of feral cats who have positioned their ‘home’ conveniently right next to a restaurant.
As I approached this pair they got naturally suspicious. One skittered away. The other one was reluctant to go. As I got close I saw why. She had a litter of kittens nestled amongst the rocks.
They did not look to be in good condition with swollen eyes and scrappy fur. There was a lady who looked out for them and ensured they were spayed. It appears that she has fallen ill and currently no one is looking out for them.
They certainly get scraps of food from the restaurant and in return keep the rats at bay. The community is well aware of them so I hope that someone will keep on looking out for them.
Everyone wants to make their mark and be noticed for it, like claiming possession of something, even if only temporarily.
I associate this with the English idiomatic expression that says “A new broom sweeps clean.” This expression is quite old – it was used by Shakespeare.
It’s all very subjective off course – if one asks the people who were there already they’ll tell you that things were clean already. The new person comes in and wants to make clean because they see it from a different perspective.
Sometimes things need to be cleaned up. And sometimes they don’t. The key is to acknowledge this and change only what needs changing, and not change something because it’s expected, or because they don’t understand it.
Someone new can make great changes because they have a new perspective, but experience is also valuable.
There is an extension to this saying, “Yes, a new broom sweeps clean, but the old one knows the corners.”
Sometime’s it’s better to just let it be.
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