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Vintage Photo: Then and Now, 2007

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The Little Four.

I think it’s time I let them out of their playpen.

The Curious Quartet have realized there is a world beyond their little bathroom playground, and at about eight weeks I see a maturing look in their expressions. Of course, I could distinguish them before this time even though they were all basically black and notwithstanding the paint on their ear tips, but I could watch their features changing and their personalities developing. At this moment I could see each different personality looking back at me from each pair of eyes for the very first time and call them by name, at least the names they had then: Musetta, Guy, Joey and Sunshine. It was time for them to begin exploring the rest of their world.

I took this photo with regular old black and white film, chancy in the diffuse light in the bathroom, and me not quite experienced yet with photographing a bunch of black cats, though, of course, I was soon to learn.

Today we call them Mewsette, Jelly Bean, Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine, and next Friday, July 26, they will turn six years old. We’ll probably do a little celebrating next Sunday because Monday, July 29, is the day they all came here—and it’s Mimi’s Homecoming Day, and we can wrap the weekend together with treats and a party. In the coming week I’ll probably share some other photos of their early kittenhood, just for the memories.

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2 thoughts on “Vintage Photo: Then and Now, 2007

  • Oh gosh… I get such a memory rush of my own gang of four at that age when I see kitten pictures like that. Of course, one of ours, Zeuss Catt, went on to his new home in Boston, and ours will be 5 this coming February, but I so clearly remember watching their little personalities emerge, even though they looked almost identical, just like it was yesterday! Thank you for sharing such a precious picture!

    • Deb, can you believe so much time has passed? For all the kittens I’ve fostered, watching these four grow and mature was still so fascinating. I always think we should collaborate and maybe one of these years I’ll actually come up with a workable idea.


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