One Word Photo Challenge: Child

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Father and Child, Rowan and Sparta, 30 July 2014, Rest in Peace




About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native now living on the Texas Gulf Coast. I have been married to David for just over 33 years. We have 4 surviving adult children and two children-in-law. At this point in our lives, we are adjusting to an refilling nest. I enjoy reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, and much, much more.
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11 Responses to One Word Photo Challenge: Child

  1. ghostmmnc says:

    awww love this picture! 🙂

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    • Thank you. 🙂
      They were sweethearts. The baby didn’t last long and Rowan didn’t last much longer after Sparta died. We don’t know what happened to him. One of the neighbor children found him in the road dead, but it didn’t look like he’d been hit. Little Sparta started off sickly. The mother hasn’t ever had a healthy, lasting litter. We take care of them all as best we can, each one that comes to make our yard their home. There have been many over the years, but never have we seen a daddy cat care so much for his babies than Rowan did for Sparta. Have a blessed day!

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  2. ghostmmnc says:

    Sad to hear they are gone now. I know how it is. We feed a lot of the strays around here, and they bring their babies when they are eating regular food. Sometimes one doesn’t make it, for whatever reason, or they wander off to find their own territory. But while they are here, we feed them and have fresh water.

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    • Thank you. It is so hard not to get attached, isn’t it? It is sad to see them go.

      They seem to always give birth in our carport and have ever since we moved here 11 years ago. It was the same back in South Carolina. We were the Kool-Aid house for cats. 🙂

      Do you have any hanging out with you these days? We have the above mentioned mama (Little Bit), another mama and her surviving baby of this year (Bagel Bite and Dandelion) and Callie, who is Bagel’s Bites surviving baby from last summer. The neighbor’s cat, Roo, who is Dandelion’s daddy, hangs around here fairly often, too.

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      • ghostmmnc says:

        I can’t help but get attatched, they are so cute. My daughter says they aren’t strays, just our outside cats now. Well, whatever… There’s about 10 out there these days. 2 males that stay in the front, a pretty siamese that wandered up a long time ago, we call Big Man, and an orange tabby male, Orange Man haha. Then there’s the fluffy orange male, who’s been around a long time, but he’s a troublemaker & starts fights. In back we have mama cat, Itty Bitty. She was the kitten of another mama cat that looked just like her, a tortoiseshell. Don’t know what happened to orig. mama cat. All new kittens come from mama cat now, and there are 6 that are about 6 mo. old I’d guess. so cute!! and she’s pregnant again…uh oh… not a good thing to not be spayed, but we definitely couldn’t catch her, or any kittys either they are all skittish.

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        • I agree with your daughter to a degree about them being outside cats now, but they weren’t invited, so technically they are still strays. 🙂 But, who could turn down feeding and watering them? They are God’s creatures, too. Trying to not get attached just doesn’t work. 🙂

          We couldn’t catch Bagel Bite if we tried. Little Bit is a “pet me”, but she isn’t healthy enough to be spayed and we couldn’t afford to get surgery for all the cats that show up out there. She appears to be pregnant again. There is a program around here that helps a little with the cost of spays and neuters, but they do not cover pain medicine, nor the whole surgery fee. No way would we put them through that without pain medicine. That would be cruel. So, we feed, water, and bury as needed. Your stray/ outside cats sound beautiful. 🙂

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  4. Adorable. Thank you so much for sharing!

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