An animal lesson:
A very affectionate cat has been hanging around the Airbnb. The former "resident" called her Paris, but we didn't call her anything - at first, I really enjoyed her company, she came meowing like crazy, asking to be pet, and I loved it - but then it became too much, too clingy for me, and now I just shoo her away. She walked around with a big belly and that meant she was either pregnant or sick - but a couple of days ago she came back with a flat belly and swollen nipples.
Seeing where she lays with her kittens, in this hot desert climate, with no home, by herself with her babies, made me feel differently about her. I saw her as this clingy needy cat, but ultimately, the reality is she is a single mom, in nature, in a barren land. She's a hard-ass, experienced survivor, and I respect her now as I see her in this different light.
This, again, teaches me a lesson in empathy - we can't judge people's struggles and experiences by a single aspect of their behavior. Animals aren't different from humans, maybe just more pure in t