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Sadie & Otis Update

e-Otis on bench 049A6814Many of you have asked about Sadie and Otis, whom you have supported so generously. Sadie is remarkable – strong and resilient, single-parenting Otis and giving him so much love and attention that he is thriving.  Your contributions have enabled them to stay put in their home and for Otis to continue going to pre-school.

As much time as I spend watching ants, listening to birds, and taking walks in the woods with Otis, I am well aware that I am competing with his strong penchant for anything with a motor in it. However, he did raise and release several monarchs this fall and still adores owls, so all is not lost!

I wanted to thank you, my Naturally Curious blog readers, once again for your incredible and compassionate response to the tragedy we experienced this summer. This Thanksgiving Sadie, Otis and I are giving thanks to you for your support. May you have a very happy Thanksgiving!



31 responses

  1. Thanks for this. He is fortunate to have a G’ma like you! Hugs, John

    November 23, 2017 at 8:08 am

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your gifts with us all!

    November 23, 2017 at 8:13 am

  3. Enjoy your Thanksgiving down there with your lovely family! Thank you for being so generous with your gift of this blog.

    November 23, 2017 at 8:16 am

  4. Jill Trudeau Marquard

    Happy Thanksgiving, Mary, from us and Outlaw! Otis is a doll.

    Hugs, Jill (and Bryan)


    November 23, 2017 at 8:19 am

  5. Treah Pichette

    Thank you for the update. I am so glad to see Otis’ happy face & to hear how well they are doing. The holidays will always make things harder along with birthdays & other special days but the human spirit always seems to rise up & shine. Blessed Thanksgiving to you all.

    November 23, 2017 at 8:21 am

  6. Nature Nut

    Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us. You are truly blessed with many gifts.

    November 23, 2017 at 8:24 am

  7. Daphne

    Thank you for letting us know, Mary, and for sharing this beautiful photo of Otis. I have been thinking of all three of you a lot these past months. And thank you for continuing to open our eyes to the wonder of what is all around us.

    November 23, 2017 at 8:29 am

  8. Diane

    Thank you for sharing. Happy they did not have to leave their house. Have a warm holiday.

    November 23, 2017 at 8:31 am

  9. Maryann V Postans

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Mary!

    November 23, 2017 at 8:37 am

  10. Carole Petrillo

    My dear Mary,

    Thank you for the beautiful picture of Otis and letting us know how they are doing. I know they are so blessed to have you in their lives.

    Wishing you all the peace that we can keep in our heart and lives, Carole

    Sent from my iPad

    November 23, 2017 at 8:38 am

  11. Elizabeth Hall

    Thanks for all you do- and wishing you and your family joy this Thanksgiving!

    November 23, 2017 at 8:45 am

  12. barbara bald

    So glad to hear it. Have a blessed Thanksgiving . BB


    November 23, 2017 at 8:52 am

  13. Alice Pratt

    Well….that post put ‘mixed’ tears in my eyes….thank you so much for the wonderful update….Sadie, Otis and you, Mary, have a very special place in all of us. What a difference it can make when caring people unite! ♥️♥️♥️

    November 23, 2017 at 8:54 am

  14. Don Clark

    Happy Thanksgiving Mary. Glad things are working out for Sadie & Otis.

    November 23, 2017 at 8:57 am

  15. Rema Boscov

    Sending love to you, Sadie and Otis. May your time together be joyful. Lucky Otis to have such a grandma.💕

    Sent from my iPad


    November 23, 2017 at 8:57 am

  16. Kathie Fiveash

    Giving thanks today, Mary and Sadie and Otis, for all that we have, and for all that we have lost that is still with us in our hearts. What a dance between grief and joy, remembering and looking ahead.

    November 23, 2017 at 9:16 am

  17. Dianne Wright

    Mary, What a beautiful picture of Dear Otis ! Thank you and I’m so happy to hear that things are going well despite the difficulty of Being a single Mom. Blessings to you and Sadie & Otis ! Ps I laughed at your comment about competing with motors!!! That’s a boy for you. He’s lucky to have you making him aware of the natural world, as we are. Thank you, Mary !

    Sent from my iPad


    November 23, 2017 at 9:18 am

  18. Barbara L Johnson

    Hearts full of love for all of you! Have a wonderful day together. Love, Barbara & Knox

    November 23, 2017 at 9:23 am

  19. Faith Bieler

    And we give thanks ti you and yours! xxxoo Faith


    November 23, 2017 at 9:46 am

  20. shielaswett

    Mary, I KNOW Otis will pull through, all thanks to his very special mother and grandmother :-)) He looks well on his way… A POSITIVE Thanksgiving to each of you. Cheers, Shiela

    November 23, 2017 at 10:31 am

  21. Pat

    So happy to read your update. I was thinking of Sadie and Otis just yesterday — and send heartfelt wishes to you all for a Happy Thanksgiving. Having a Grandma like you is one of the best things ever for lucky Otis. I still have such fond memories of long walks thru the cow pastures with my grandfather when I was very young. He’s the one who taught me the birds and flowers, which continue to be a joy for me today, along with the rest of nature.

    November 23, 2017 at 11:26 am

  22. B Conolly

    And Happy Thanksgiving to you Mary Holland and your dear little family. Your readers are full of thanks for the wonderful lessons in natural history that appear frequently on our E-mails. Blessings to you, Mary Holland for all the things you do for us! And blessings to Sadie and Otis too. They are lucky to have you in their corner! Love, Barbara Conolly

    November 23, 2017 at 12:07 pm

  23. susan thomas

    blessing to your whole family and much thanks for all you do to raise awareness of nature’s beauty!

    November 23, 2017 at 1:09 pm

  24. Joellyn Nevins

    Blessings to you all this Thanksgiving and always. Joellyn Nevins

    November 23, 2017 at 1:31 pm

  25. tcgriek

    Wonderful to hear, holidays can be hard when missing someone. They are a lucky family to have you Mary! Thanksgiving greeting to you all.

    November 23, 2017 at 1:43 pm

  26. BR

    What a wonderful report. It is your gift of yourself in this blog that has touched us and allowed us to reciprocate our gratitude to you. Many more blessings as you pass through this first year together.

    November 23, 2017 at 6:54 pm

  27. Deb Hawthorn

    Dear Mary, So many thanks to you for this update with its heart-melting photo of Otis. I, too, am relieved to hear that he and Sadie are making their way through this first year with such grace and equanimity, despite the inevitable hard moments here and there. And I, too, am glad that Otis has you to at least offer some alternatives to things with motors . . . I celebrate your family’s resilience and send love and blessings to all three of you this holiday season.

    November 23, 2017 at 8:20 pm

  28. Reeve Lindbergh

    Thank you so much for this lovely photo and heartening news about Sadie and Otis. Blessings to all the family for the holidays and always.


    Nat and Reeve Tripp >

    November 24, 2017 at 8:11 am

  29. Dianne Rochford

    Dear Mary,

    Thank you for this beautiful photo of your ‘Grand Boy’…….How precious!! And for the update of Sadie and Otis….You mentioned on the phone that Sadie is pregnant. Surely an ambivalent time for all of you.

    My care goes out to thee 3 of you…….

    Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

    :-), Dianne


    November 24, 2017 at 3:54 pm

  30. Carol Abbey

    And may things look brighter for you, Sadie and handsome Otis. Carol Abbey

    On Nov 23, 2017 8:04 AM, “Naturally Curious with Mary Holland” wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: “Many of you have asked about Sadie and Otis, whom > you have supported so generously. Sadie is remarkable – strong and > resilient, single-parenting Otis and giving him so much love and attention > that he is thriving. Your contributions have enabled them to s” >

    November 24, 2017 at 4:34 pm

  31. Josie and Jim

    So glad you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Otis looks great! Thank you for your posts.

    November 26, 2017 at 7:42 pm

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