When the country goes temporarily to the dogs,
cats must learn to be circumspect,
walk on fences,
sleep in trees,
and have faith that all this woofing is not the last word.
What is the last word, then?
Gentleness is everywhere in daily life,
a sign that faith rules through ordinary things:
through cooking and small talk,
tending animals and sweet corn and flowers,
through sports, music and books, raising kids
— all the places where the gravy soaks in and grace shines through.
Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed,
one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.
~ Garrison Keillor