Do you ever regret a decision you make? Of course you do and this photograph of a kitten that I should have brought home with me three years ago reminds me of one. I remember the day Aunt Grace showed her to me when I visited the farm. It was a shy little thing and wanted to crawl back through an opening underneath the old country shed where it had been hiding with its mother. Then, a week later I learned this cute little calico kitten had already found a new home because I waited too long to make my decision.
Meet Matt-the-Cat. I remember the day we adopted him when he was just a kitten from the humane society. This is one of my favorite photographs of Matt.
He became our family cat for over ten years and he was the best cat ever. I’ll always remember him because he had manners. One of his favorite things to do when he was alive was to take a nap in front of the window when the afternoon sun was the warmest.
And, then there was that other cat. He was a tabby that we adopted after Matt was accidentally killed when he was hit by a car one day after he decided to explore the outside world. But, this other cat was different. He was extremely independent and would not even let me pet him. After my daughter left for college, this other cat, the one she called Flip found himself another home.
Maybe one day another kitten will find its way into my home and that will start a whole new story. In the meantime, I’ll just add more photographs to this album book of all the kittens and cats I’ve met or ever known.
Written by Mary Gilmartin, August 22, 2013