When August rolls around, Colton will have lived here one year. He appeared in my yard the night before the Anderson Reunion, the second weekend in August which also happens to be Hobo Day in Britt, the Anderson hometown. Telly and Faye chased him up a tree and I was out in the grove at 11 p.m. coaxing him down. I quickly put him in the Civil War building to keep him safe for the time being. I was really quite disgusted that someone would “drop him off” for me to care for just because they knew I would. He was the hit of the reunion with the little kids who just loved him and one little girl named him Colton. I searched for a home for Colton for quite some time until I simply gave up and decided he lived here.
A couple weeks ago I learned that the “new” neighbors to the west of us had run into a bit of bad luck. The mom, Heather who was in her final months of a nursing program, fell and broke her leg and ankle so I decided I would take supper to them. I delivered the crock pot and a cake pan of food and as I walked into their kitchen, I saw a fluffy gray tail to which I exclaimed, “Colton, how did YOU get here?” And here comes the rest of the story – this cat was Colton’s brother and Colton had been their kitten last summer. He wandered to my house probably just on an adventure – nobody dropped him off like I thought! I just assumed he didn’t have a home and took him in – I never thought of asking the neighbors if they were missing a cat. Holy Cow!!! I immediately asked if they wanted him back and they said “no”, they had plenty of cats and I breathed a sigh of relief because of course now I love him and he’s mine.
But here’s the strangest part of the story. Guess what Colton’s brother’s name is — It’s Kohler!!! Here is a picture of Cody holding Kohler. Cody is in Becky’s 3rd grade class at school.
Kohler is 6 months younger than Colton with the same parents so he hasn’t developed that fluffy flur around his neck yet and he doesn’t have quite as much white on his face but they are definitely brothers. And the mystery is solved.