Life’s little surprises…

I am in South Carolina right now for two reasons. The first reason is to photograph a friend’s new organic clothing line for kids… and the second is to visit my mom.

Two weeks ago our family dog, Freckles, who was 14 years old, had to be put to sleep. She had a lot of health issues that kept getting worse. We knew we didn’t have long but we didn’t know we had so short either… and two weeks ago the vet finally said it was ‘time.’ But even with the vet’s advice that moment is so so so hard… and even harder when you have to make that decision alone… which is what my mom had to do.

So when this fun work opportunity came up, I knew it would be a good excuse to visit my mom at the same time.

And as life has its ways of throwing in surprises… tonight, when I went to pick up my mom from school, we turned around in a driveway of one of Reidville’s oldest houses. The lady who lived there, one of Reidville’s oldest residents, passed away last summer… right before I started working on my project about the town. Anyway, no one lives there now except for all her multiplying cats… and as we pulled in the driveway, they all scattered… except one.

This little one with eyes all glued shut just sat there looking pitiful. So, I walked over expecting him to run into the bushes… but he just sat squinting at me through his goopy eyes and he let me pick him up. So, instead of driving to the pharmacy to pick up DVD’s, we drove to the vet instead.

And after being cleaned inside and out of all his ear mites, worms, fleas, and eye boogers… we have ourselves a new kitten who likes to sit on my shoulder and purr. And we are wondering if he is ready to move to California… surprise, honey.

About the author paige green

Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.

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  1. Too cute! My family has a thing for orange cats – my best friend in this whole world (besides my husband of course), was an orange cat named Lloyd who followed me everywhere like a dog when I was growing up.

    Perhaps you too have yourself a Lloyd!


  2. VERY cute! Ive been craving another one but Devon says no… 😦


  3. I love CATS! If Arann isn’t 100% into it, we can share him.. what’s his name? This is exciting.


  4. Seriously, Paige… I got a little teary-eyed with this entry — that misty-eyed, lumpy throat feeling that occurs when I experience something as sweet and unbearably-cute as this. So, thank you. You have a real gift.


  5. […] enjoys the Christmas present we got from Arann’s mom a lot. He is not such a little guy anymore. Posted by paige green Filed in Black and White, personal Tags: black and white ph, […]


  6. […] again, here is Lou, my not so little kitten, who I have just bought adult cat food because he doesn’t look like the kittens on the kitten […]


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