I was driving to work this morning, distracted as usual by my coffee, banana, podcasts, etc, when I hit something. I saw a gray and white lump on the road in my rear view and feared the worse. I got out and checked, and just as I had thought, I hit a cat.

It had a collar on, so clearly it belonged to someone, and it was in front of a little farmhouse, which was the only house within seeing distance. I knocked on the door, and a lady in a bathrobe answered. It was plain to see the she was amid a hectic morning getting her kids ready for school. I explained to her what happened, and found out that it was, in fact, their pet cat. One of the kids overheard the conversation and got very upset, which quickly spread to the other children. Now the mother very frustrated with the situation that she now had to deal with, and also upset about the cat herself. I felt awful. I did the only thing I could think of and said “I’m really sorry, ma’am, and I know it won’t be the same, but if you’ll let me, I’d like to replace your cat.” She thought about it for a second and said “okay, but are you any good at catching mice?”

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