The Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt theme for this week is FREE!
The theme this week could be interpretted in many, many different ways, but we chose to choose the "free" that means "at no financial cost to obtain" ...
This is a photo collage of all of the "free to a good home" pets that Mom has shared her life with over the past thirty-something years. You'll notice that Mom's woofie ... Peaches ... isn't in the photo 'cuz Grandma an' Grandad paid about twenty-five dollars to adopt her in the early 1970s. She wasn't "free" although the woman who had owned her had been delighted to have Peaches (nee "Deana") taken off her hands.
You'll also notice that Cocoa Puff is the only Feline American missing from the collage. Puffy is the only one of us who cost something to adopt: The South San Diego Veterinary Hospital charged Mom twenty dollars when Mom adopted him at six weeks old. He wasn't "free" either.
The rest of us didn't cost a single penny to adopt. Meemaw brought her kittens (Cookie Monster, Lacey Bunns, an' Percy) to Mom back in 1988. Meemaw was homeless, an' the kittens were so cute, so Mom adopted all four. Toby showed up on Mom's street in 1989. He was tiny, blood-covered, an' infested with fleas. He adopted Mom.
Dolly Pop an' Fudge Ripple both arrived (separately, of course) as adults in 1990. Neighborhood kids were trying to hurt them with their bicycles, so Mom let them in ... an' they stayed.
My brother and I had ... as kittens ... belonged to people who lived up the street from Mom. When they moved to Oregon in the dead of night, they abandoned us. Mom let us move in ... we were "free to a good home."
Sparky Fuzzypants, Pumpkin, an' Lucky Charmz were all abandoned in Mom's yard as kittens weighing less than a pound each when they were rescued an' adopted by Mom.
The word "FREE" means a lot to us. We didn't cost a thing ...