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A Gift of Gratitude

A few months ago I had my first literary work published (that is, of course, not counting blog or social media posts). It was a group project with specific guidelines for all contributors and I was so excited that my piece was one of those selected for inclusion. As per the strict guidelines, it was only 200 words in length - quite a challenge for a wordy-Wanda like myself! The prescribed theme was Gratitude, as it was slated to release during the week of Thanksgiving. Since my portion related to my pet nanny role, I thought I might share it here...not sure why it took me so long to think to do so!

Side note: The photos I'm including here were not included in the book. I added them here to illustrate my points. :)

At about 4 years old I already loved the animals!

The Calling

“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been

put in every heart.” ~ Rumi

Recently I received a text from a client declaring she had just published a review on my website. She followed up with the message: “You have truly found your calling.”

I was probably about 14 when this was taken on the farm where I grew up. I loved just hanging out with our many barn cats.

I was not always Crystal the Pet Nanny.

I spent many years doing administrative work in various industries but was increasingly

unhappy in those jobs. It became apparent not only to me but to those around me that I was

trying—and failing—to fit a square peg into a succession of round holes.

It never occurred to me that I might be able to pay my bills doing exactly what comes naturally

until an employer, exasperated with my obvious misery in my customer service position, forced

my hand.

Crystal the Pet Nanny was officially born the next day.

That was six years ago.

I don’t remember a time when animals didn’t bring me joy.

I was 3 years old in this photo...but I don't know whose chihuahua this is!

Cats, in particular, were an all-consuming passion so it was effortless for me to learn to understand them. My affection for them came from a deep place: It felt like I was able to connect with them, soul-to-soul.

I have indeed found my calling – my square hole…and I’m grateful for it every day.

Here is link so you can get your own copy of the full e-book on Amazon (if you order through Amazon Smile you can donate a portion of all Amazon purchases to the charity of your choice!):

A Gift of Gratitude: A Community Book Project

Be good Humans. Nanny loves you.

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