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Woman Opens Envelope from Stranger, Finds Sweet Note and Photo of Her Cat Inside

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Nowadays, it seems good neighbors are hard to find. Gone are the days when it was commonplace to call on your neighbor — a stranger — and ask for a cup of sugar.

Or maybe those days aren’t behind you just yet. Perhaps you live in a neighborhood “Where Everybody Knows Your Name,” as the theme from “Cheers” goes.

Not every passerby who peers through your window does so with malicious intent. It might just be your neighbor looking for a friendly conversation or some companionship or simply a smile to brighten their day.

Jean just so happened to be one of those people. When she looked through the window of Karen Miele’s home in Nottingham in the United Kingdom, she hoped to see just one thing.

Miele’s cat “Chips” often sits in the window, looking out over the neighborhood. Nothing out of the ordinary, really, until one day something extra special was left for Miele and her feline friend.

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Miele shared a photo of what she found by posting on social media, and soon her story went viral.

“I honestly didn’t think I would get more than about 5 likes on it!” Miele shared with The Dodo. “I’m still in shock.”

Miele is referring to her tweet, which featured an image of an envelope and a printed photo of Chips in the windowsill.

“An old lady took a photo of my cat Chips, went to the trouble of getting it developed and then put it in our letterbox this morning,” Miele wrote on Twitter.

The included envelope reads, “For you — Your lovely cat. I always look for him. — Jean.” The tweet has been liked over 240K times and retweeted 26K times to date. Over 1K comments have been added.

One commenter wrote, “Imagine if more people were like this. The world would be a better place.” To which Miele replied, “So true. I haven’t had the best week and this simple gesture made me feel so much better.”

Miele has since been able to connect with Jean through their mutual friend, Laura Patterson. “I have invited her [Jean] round for some tea and to meet Chips whenever she likes,” Miele told The Dodo.

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It seems the world has fallen in love with Chips the window-sitting cat and his sweet admirer. Miele even shared some photos of gifts sent by @MoonpigUK — including a mug with Chips’ photo!

“Thank you to the lovely people at @MoonpigUK who very kindly sent me this tea tin and Chips photo mug!” Miele tweeted. “I think her favourite among all the gifts might be the box.”

Liftable, a section of The Western Journal, has reached out to Miele for comment but has not yet received a response. We will update this article if and when we do.

What do you think of Jean’s gesture? Could this be the start of a beautiful neighborly friendship? If so, one day these ladies might say, “It all started with a cat.”

If you’d like to follow Chips online, visit her Instagram page.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
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English
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Entertainment, Faith




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