Letter: Mary Flynn and a promise kept for an elderly cat

To the editor:

Miss Mary V. Flynn was lost to us these four years. She remains close in heart and thought by some, forgotten too soon by others. And what of her beloved village of Stockbridge? Be assured Mary would have a word or two for the sitting selectmen.

And of Mary's longtime companion, her cat Andy whom she loved and adored? Andy, a diabetic, age 17, found himself in a heartbeat, Mary's last, without a guardian, without a home, and nearly without hope. He would later be deprived of the fruits and benefits intended for his lifelong comfort and well-being.

Andy just recently celebrated his 22nd year by beating the odds, and wishes to express his gratitude to those who offered him hope. Shirley Miller, Dr. Julie Shanahan, Susan Beckwith and the magnificent team at Valley Veterinary Services whose dedication and principles assured Andy's survival and placement in his forever home — also to those who opened their hearts and checkbooks for Andy's continuing care. Among the donors to honor, Michele Thomas, Colleen Tremont, a generous anonymous donor, and Eleanor Clary, whose overwhelming generosity assured Andy's lifelong financial security.

Who am I? I'm the last of Andy's guardians. Just "one of Mary's boys" of whom she had many. One who over tea made a promise to Mary and kept it. For is not a person's word the measure of his or her honor — the promise that Andy would live out his life loved and looked after.

God bless you and keep you, Miss Mary V. Flynn.

C. D. Baumann



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