Any Port In A Storm

You know how you can be walking down the street, heading for home, thinking about what to make for supper, minding your own sweet business, when suddenly you get run over by a herd of zebras?   Ok, you’re right, there aren’t too many zebras in France.  And there’s not much about this story that’s particular to France, except in the sense that people everywhere get ill and suffer and struggle.  Even in France, the land of wine and cheese and socialized medicine.

Maybe trains make a more apt metaphor.  France is justly famous for its speeding trains, and while no one plans to get hit by one, people do.  They’re big, they’re fast, they come at you out of nowhere, and its no use thinking that you can see every one coming.  Every railroad crossing here has a sign that says “Un train peut en cacher un autre.”  The train you see coming may conceal another train, the one you can’t see until it’s too late. 

While Shel’s been in the hospital getting taken apart and put back together for one thing and another, it turns out that the cancer he’s been fighting for fourteen years has been growing alarmingly.  It’s pretty scary this time, and I have to admit it: we’re scared.  We have a week to wait and wonder and worry and wish things were different, and although the time will pass in any case, we have to fill it somehow.

Whenever possible, Beppo naps luxuriously.  Cats are supposed to sleep about twenty hours a day, and there are days when we wish we could too.

Zazou gets herself up the tallest trees in the garden and then sometimes mews in terror.  But more often, after a lot of crashing and claw-gnashing, she lands on her feet.  We hope we will too.

France or no France, gastronomic mecca or not, Shel’s been asking for an astounding assortment of meals: hot dogs, cheeseburgers, barbecue.  Food from long ago and faraway, when life seemed safer.  I make it for him as best I can, but me, I’m trying to keep my cool by eating as many fruits and vegetables as possible.

We’re each coping in our own way, although Zazou has it the easiest, since this exact life is all she knows.  The rest of us remember a brighter time, and hope to see another.

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29 Comments on “Any Port In A Storm”

  1. Lucy V Says:

    Loic and I are thinking of you both. Take good care of yourself and of Shel.

  2. Lauren Says:

    Oh Abra and Shel, I’m sorry that you are having to endure this week of waiting. Hugs and best wishes to both of you.

  3. Char Says:

    Dear Abra and Shel,

    I’m sending a big, supportive hug your way.


  4. Tamara Says:

    Dear Abra and Shel,

    We are sending you all the best, waiting too, fingers crossed.


  5. Arne Says:

    Janine & I are with you as well. I’ll smoke a butt in support of Shell’s cravings.

  6. Kay Standish Says:

    Abra and Shel, our very heartful wishes for a good answer at the end of your week’s wait. Our thoughts and best wishes are with you both. Al and Kay

  7. Debra Lane Says:

    Abra and Shel – Sending you good wishes and hope for the best!

  8. Wendy Says:

    Hang in there you two, Dayne and I are thinking only the most positive of thoughts.

  9. Ray Says:

    I hope for the best news for you and Shel and more French adventures together.

  10. Pat Says:

    Thank you as always for the fabulous photos. We are holding our breaths with you and also holding out for those kinder days back here with us.

  11. “Nul carberundum desperatum” as we old Brits used to say .
    Can’t think of anything else here , Marie is sending energy we are all sending love .
    Thanks for being so brave Abra and we are all here for you both .

    See you Monday !

  12. Rebecca263 Says:

    I hope that you have much more to savor together… Abra and Shel.

  13. As Rebecca has explained before, in Hebrew we say “Refuach Shlema” which means “A full recovery”. David and I wish Shel a full recovery. We are saying extra prayers for both of you.

    Take care,

    Michelle (aka Swisskaese)

  14. Rona Y Says:

    They say cats purr not only to express comfort and pleasure, but also to help heal themselves. Let Beppo and Zazou offer you both some healing purrs. Although I’ve never met you or Shel, I’m also sending some healing vibes your way.

  15. Eden Says:

    We are crossing fingers, toes & anything else we can think of (except railroad tracks) for you. And sending positive thoughts/wishes/vibes/prayers etc your way.

  16. Hope Says:

    Sending good thoughts and praise for your choice to feed your body well– your self care is key especially under this kind of stress!
    Best to you and Shel,

  17. Wolfgang Says:

    I fought it and I survived,
    You got it and despite of it will stand up, face it and beat it.
    Thumbs up!

  18. Jan Lang Says:

    I’m so sorry that you are having to go through this. We are sending postiive thoughts and wishes and hoping for the best. Hang in there.

  19. Carolyn & Bob Says:

    We join in the positive thoughts and best wishes:

    Greater Power
    Look and see
    All our prayers
    Go now to thee.

    Bless the hands
    That care and heal.
    Hear us as
    we pray and kneel.


  20. Abra Bennett Says:

    You guys are wonderful. Thanks so much for all your good thoughts and wishes – we’re hugging them tight.

  21. La paix soit avec vous
    L’esprit soit avec vous
    L’amour soit avec vous


  22. Heidih Says:

    Joining in all the good thoughts and prayers for your family. You have shared the joys of your life with us and we hold your hands through this difficult time.

  23. Judy Amster Says:

    We add to all of the above. If love and admiration can heal, we are sending extra to you both. Ask for more as needed.

  24. Jeanne Says:

    Thinking of you both, sending prayers and lots of love your way.

  25. Karen K. Says:

    Adding our thoughts and wishes for recovery and strength for both of you – find comfort in the little things of every day.

  26. islandlass Says:

    N and I are thinking of you and Shel and wish for you both much, much, much health and happiness.

  27. malarkey Says:

    Blessings to you both. Well wishes, jingles, vibes, and all things good are being sent your way.

  28. jupiter Says:

    belle découverte que ce blog, je vous ai vu passer sur le blog de topslurp à l’humour décapant
    bienvenue chez les gaulois du Sud , votre boite de figues est du plus bel effet

  29. Abra Bennett Says:

    Bienvenue, Jupiter!

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