"The cat in the sun
Is like a sunflower,
Soaking up the sun
Like the way a sponge
Soaks up water."
by A.T.B., age 7 1/2, 2nd grade
A.T.B. has an Extra Special Bond with Snuggles, our tabby cat with white tummy and paws and wise green eyes as well. I was in the Living Room as he pet her and said these words aloud. I hated to spoil the Quiet Moment but got up just the same to grab a pen and paper and write them down before they slipped away into the air – lost forever. I grabbed the camera on my way back to join them, Boy and Cat with their heads close and connected – hand resting on sun warmed fur. She'd moved to another Sunny Patch and indulged me with the camera while I snapped three shots in a row. A.T.B., with an Art Director's Confidence declared, "The second one". So here it is for you to see, along with his poem, which he's going to take to his Very Special Teacher as a Gift in the morning. He's wanted to give her a picture of Snuggles ever since he found out she has a cat named Oreo. He's Rockin' 2nd Grade. Though it's going by Way Too Fast. He'll be turning 8 in July and then start 3rd Grade in the fall… That's when I remind myself to Slow Down and Savor each day in the Here And Now, enjoying each hug, grin, shared laugh and being beside him to meet the New Discoveries Yet To Come.
© 2011, Janean Baird, Turquoise Tangles