In a little town where I grew up, which is called, Turata, in the state of Pennsylvania.
I was taking a walk, as I usually do.
Fall, is my favorite season, so this evening, the surroundings was like a image on a card.
As I was crossing Printo Street. I saw this beautiful young lady looking up at a tree calling out.
“My Baby!” “Please come down! “Please Pumpkin, before you fall!
I looked up, and a cute orange and white kitten, was meowing….. louder and louder.
“How did your kitten get up their?”
“My father hates cats!” “He chased Pumpkin outside, and she was scared.”
“Before I knew it, my baby was up in the tree. Could you please try and help me get her down?”
“I don’t know……..I’ll try!” I replied
I approached the tall tree, looked up,and then looked back at the young lady.
She was standing back toward the street, so she could see her kitten.
This person, I don’t know her name yet . Is just beautiful, short and slender,with long light brown hair, pushed back into a pony-tail. I can’t forget her big, sad brown eyes.
I better, at lease try, to help…….here I go……climbing the tree my foot was slipping a couple of times.
When I finally climbed up far enough to reached for the meowing kitten and pick her up.
Pumpkin went right on down purring, the whole time I was holding her.
Once I reached the sidewalk, she took the kitten out of my hand,and cuddled and kissed it.
“Thank you,so much! I don’t even know your name. Mine is Britta, what’s yours ?”
“Nice to meet you Britta!” “My name is Anson.”
“Nice to meet you Anson.”
“My father and I are new to this neighborhood. We moved from Ohio,after my mother passed away.
My older sister Ann, just moved out of the house, not long after that.
My father Harry didn’t want to stay in Ohio . ” “Just to many memories.” he said
“Matter-of-fact, he wanted me to get rid of Pumpkin, before we left.”
“But I couldn’t.”
“My sister Ann, had a beautiful white cat named “Snow Rose” Who was hit and killed by a truck, not long after Pumpkin was born.”
“So you see, I just couldn’t.”
“Why doesn’t your father like Pumpkin?”
“Like my father said, to many memories.”
“Okay Anson! ” “Enough about me,what about you ?”
“Their isn’t that much to say.”
“Oh come on…don’t be shy Anson. ” she laughed
“Okay Britta,where should I start ?”
“Anywhere, you like.”
“I grew-up in this little town , I have a sister Nancy, who is three years older than me. She is thirty-two, and married her love, after she finished college. They live in New York, where he is from,and have one child.”
“My father passed away,when I was ten, my mother remarried five years ago,and lives in New Jersey.”
“I married,right after high school, which was stupid.”
“We both went to different colleges, she found someone she loved more than me………… after two years,we were divorced.”
“I’d like to hear more Anson, but I better get Pumpkin home.”
“Here’s my cellphone number,Britta. If you want someone to talk to, call.”
As she took the small piece of paper, I written on.
She said, ” I will! ” “Thanks again”
I stood their until she was out of sight. Wow! I thought! Hope I see her again’
It seemed like a long walk home.
When Britta walked in her house, carrying Pumpkin. Her father Harry was sitting in his big chair as usual, with his can of beer.
He is six foot,with a big beer belly.bald head, and needed a shave.
“What are you doing with that kitten? Get it the hell out of here now. You can leave with it,it’s your choice.”
“No buts !” he yelled, ” Now!”
With tears in her eyes, she picked pumpkin up, opened the front door, and slammed the door shut.
“I’ll fix this kitty, I”ll go around back and put you in the basement.”
When Britta came back in,she was still crying.
“Your mean dad! “
“I wish mom was still living.”
“Young lady, as long as, you are under my roof,your going to listen to me.”
“No wonder Ann left,she said you were mean to.”
“You go and call your Aunt Anna,and ask her if you can stay with her.”
In two years, you’ll be eighteen,until then, I’m the mean father.”
“Now go upstairs and call her.”
Britta flew up the stairs,and picked-up the phone,and started dialing.
The phone was busy, so she waited a few minutes,and called again.
” Hello Aunt Anna.”
“Hello dear, is something wrong? Because I know your dad, doesn’t want you to call me.”
“I know Aunt Anna….he is still drinking and being mean all the time. He told me to call you and ask you, if I can stay with you.”
“Oh My!” “Yes Britta you can stay with me.”
“Thanks Aunt Anna, can I bring my kitten Pumpkin ?”
“No, I’m sorry, you can’t,my dear. I’m allergic to cats.”
“Oh gosh what am I going to do? ” “I can’t leave him with dad.”
“Find a friend as soon as you can, tell them your situation. I’m sure someone will come to your rescue.”
“I have a friend that I just met,his name is Anson, he likes cats. Maybe he will take care of her.”
“Alright dear, pack your belonging,and I’ll pick you up tomorrow afternoon. Please don’t bring the cat.”
“Okay Aunt Anna, I’ll call you tomorrow when I’m ready. Thank You! Good bye.”
“Britta was happy to get out of this house. She walked down stairs,to tell her father.
When Britta reach the bottom steps, she knew something was wrong with her dad.
He was slumped over the side of his big chair, Britta checked his pulse,and she couldn’t find it.
She ran upstairs and called 911……the ambulance,and E.M.T.’s came,nevertheless,they couldn’t save her dad.
Britta cried for her mom and the dad that she remembered,before her mom died.
She called her Aunt, and told her about her dad.
“Call your friend dear, and find a home for the cat. I wouldn’t want you to leave the cat in the house by itself.”
“I’ll call Anson,and call you back.”
“I am so sorry for you dear,call me back.”
Britta hung the phone up and cried so hard, she couldn’t believe this is all happening.
When she finally got herself together.
She found Anson’s number and called him.
Britta called me that night,and gave me the bad news.
“I felt so sad for her.”
Furthermore she told me about Pumpkin,and I didn’t need another animal to take care of.
But,Butch my miniature beagle probably would like the company ,while I am working.
After that thought,I told her, I’ll pick Pumpkin up and bring her home with Butch.
Britta was laughing and crying at the same time.
“Thank You So Much..you are a good person.”
After Britta gave me her address,I told her I would be over in an hour.
Britta called her Aunt back,and told her the good news.
Aunt Anna was happy for her.
“I’ll be over soon, pack your things up…I have a surprise for you.”
“I can’t wait Aunt Anna.”
“Great dear,see you than.”
Not long after that ,I arrived at Britta house. When she opened the door with Pumpkin in her arms,and tears in her eyes.
She said, “Please take him,before I change my mind.”
“I gave her a hug after I took Pumpkin out of her arms.”
On the way home, Pumpkin was scared,but I told her,her friend Butch is waiting for her.
A couple of days later,Britta called me,and asked how Butch and Pumpkin are getting along.
“Their both acting like , long lost friends.”
“The surprise my Aunt Anna had for me, was my sister Ann. She was already living with our Aunt.