Updated: Oct 12, 2021
By age 7, we had moved to a more rural setting with acreage, dirt road, lots of woods and plenty of places to play. We still had Boots, but she was now spayed. No more kittens. but we did find and adopt a couple of boy kittens along the way. A solid white one and a solid grey. We gave them names and cared for them.
During this time, I had an interesting and somewhat profound experience. I think I was maybe 10 years old. I was out playing in the back yard (yes, that’s what we did back then). I was sitting quietly on the edge of the big sandbox that my dad built, primarily for my younger siblings. I was too old for those things after all.