Last night, an old friend came over with his family for a visit; I have not seen him since my wedding, after which he moved to Arizona, where him and his wife had 2 kids I never met until last night.
So the kids and wife are sitting in the living room, and I'm in the kitchen smoking a cigarette with him by the back door, and his son, 6 years old, comes in smiling and says, "I gave the cat some cat food!" holding aloft a plastic baggy. I forgot that I keep my stems in a bag in the box of cat toys, and he was feeding the kitten stems lol
"Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."
Jack london, "Before Adam"