Our son even tried climbing the tree, which was fairly skinny with only small, flimsy limbs and nothing solid to stand on. This too, ended in failure.
Night fell and still the kitten wasn’t down. Tearfully, my daughter called me again, before retiring. During the night both son and daughter, at different times went out to try again, using a laser light, shaking the treat bag and everything else they could think of! No luck. Then the rain started. Still the kitten remained in the tree. The next morning, he’s still high on a branch, meowing pitifully, waiting for someone to please rescue him.
Rescue finally came later in the day, in the form of a boom truck by a local tree trimmer, who used his equipment to retrieve the grateful kitten. Our family, along with the frightened kitten, were completely relieved!
There are all kinds of reasons people need rescuing! In the very literal sense people need rescuing from floods, avalanches, hiking and getting lost or attacked by a wild animal, a fire, flat tire, snow or ice storm, medical emergency like heart attacks or scores of other medical problems, hurricanes, car accidents, tornados or even attacks from terrorists like those on 9/11.
There are also emotional rescues where someone needs a friend to talk to, someone needs encouragement to get through a bad time, someone needs love or needs to love, or someone who is sitting by the telephone struggling to make a life or death decision like committing suicide.
Sometimes a person needs rescuing from boredom, (I’ve seen the request on face book asking for someone to make contact because they were simply bored!) Or the person walking in the rain whose car has broke down relieved when someone in another vehicle comes along, or the case of wanting rescued from an over achieving talker at a party!
Still there are those who are rescued from a life of crime or even poverty through someone who believed in them enough to give them a job. Other times a person is rescued from bad social graces/manners through a class, or those who are rescued by the kind hearts who consider adoption. Sometimes rescue comes in the form of a book that takes the reader to another place or a phone call or visit just when encouragement or company is needed.
Our little creature didn’t climb the tree with the knowledge he’d not be able to get down, but there are times when people expect “rescue” when they are in a tight spot due to choices they made. Rescue can be good for the spirit of the giver and the recipient , yet how does a person reconcile helping again and again those who would abuse another’s kindness? Has this ever happened to you? How does this make you feel?