Beginning a new year always gives me pause to reflect on the passing on the former one and to be conscious of the subtle tinge of excitement over the prospects of a new uncharted one that lies ahead. The year 2010 will be remembered in the Adams household for its hospital stays (Gerry and my Dad) and as a magnet year for attracting needy kittens.
Much to our amazement, he/she allowed us to put him in a towel and carry him to the truck without so much as a whimper or any other frightened protest. We stopped on the way home to purchase milk and kitten chow. Gerry applied some flea treatment before I nestled him in my arms for the night. Our other "children" expressed a variety of reactions to this unexpected intruder, ranging from playful curiosity from the two young guys of 5 months earlier to outright disdain (i.e., hissing and swiping) from the mature ones.