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By Lauren Sandford*

Cats are funny little creatures. Some are energetic, playful and loveable, while others would much rather be left alone to sleep for hours on end, and only ever come around looking for food (the latter is DEFINITELY my fat cat, Toby). When I was growing up, I had two outdoor kitties who were also brothers; the little orange one was named Milo, and the fluffy black one we called Bubba. They loved to chase each other around the yard, and play together in the forest next to my home. My cats reminded me of the cats in Tiny Owl’s Will & Nill. Whereas my fat cat Toby is lazy like Nill, my older kitties Bubba & Milo were fun and energetic like Will!

Will and Nill

Creating these connections between my life and the stories I love is one of the most rewarding aspects of reading. Will and Nill are fun to read about, but mostly because they remind me so much of my own kitties. Especially through much of the turbulence we’ve all experienced during the past few months, reading, reflecting and embracing the stories we read can open doors to further understanding our situations among the perspectives of others. Reading may enlighten us to not only better our own lives, but to become involved in the betterment of the world around us.

*Lauren used to be an intern at Tiny Owl

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