When Aubrie was 2 1/2 I brought home a kitten to her.
This kitten was COVERED in fleas and just in terrible shape. So I gave him a bath, fed him, cleaned him up, and named in Carl.
Within 2 days, Carl was on his death bed. He was seriously a hot mess & yes he died & no one wants to know that story... So we told Aubrie what any parent would - he went to live in the woods.
Yes - we lie to our kids. Who doesn't?
Aubrie has never, ever, forgotten about Carl. Her memory is like a steel trap.
This spring a yellow and white cat started prowling around our house because my Dad gave us, yes that's right, count it 3 cats in addition to our other 2 - so we have 5 outdoor cats! Ruby (conveniently named by my kids the same as my mother in law) is not fixed. So this man cat is in the market for a hot new feline.
And surprise - magically the kids think Carl has resurfaced from the woods. Aubrie is thrilled & the lie remains intact.
So - if anyone wants some kittens this spring - this chick will probably have some from Carl, who has also been spotted on this seasons series of The Survivor - ha!