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Apr 3, 2023Liked by Sari Botton, Staci Greason

I love this story. It makes me laugh, and I can relate! Him standing there with the two trash bags is hilarious.

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Apr 3, 2023Liked by Sari Botton, Staci Greason

Few conquests are as satisfying (or miraculous) as the feral cat finding her place and resting in the sunlight. Lovely story.

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Apr 3, 2023Liked by Sari Botton, Staci Greason

Thank you so much, Staci. This moved me to tears. Especially these parts:

"Like any feral thing, I was unprepared for the cruelty of men."

"After a wild thing is wounded, what does it do? It flees. Hides. Buries its tracks so that no one can sense vulnerability. Survival is key. Make a home for solitude and heartache until it feels normal."

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Apr 3, 2023Liked by Sari Botton, Staci Greason

I don’t read every story here, but when I do, I feel seen. And for the feral to be seen is a wild mix of emotion. Fight or flee? Beam or weep?

Beautiful. Excuse me while I tend to my feral heart.

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Apr 3, 2023Liked by Sari Botton, Staci Greason

Wow, I relate to this so much, down to the Virginia Slims and THAT GIRL fantasy. I got down the "move to NYC to be an actress" part. I've been on my own most of my life, and I didn't think I wanted to date, much less marry again after my divorce 11 years ago. And, yet, I may be having a change of heart. Oh, man, I'm gonna have to start shaving my legs again!

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Apr 3, 2023Liked by Sari Botton, Staci Greason

Patience, the hair will fall out.

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Apr 3, 2023Liked by Staci Greason

Actually, as I typed it I realized I don't have much leg or body hair to worry about anymore, come to think of it! Knew aging had to have its good points 😉

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Apr 3, 2023Liked by Sari Botton, Staci Greason

I love this so much! Not only because I married a Larry when I was 47, but also because of the beautiful descriptions and raw feelings. And of course, Miss Kitty Carlise curled up on the carpet in a patch of sun.

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Apr 3, 2023Liked by Sari Botton, Staci Greason

Loved this, although I am not holding my breath while I wait for my place in the sun. My frostbitten ears and ragged scars seem to discourage most potential mates, so I remain wild and untamed. Feral is the perfect metaphor.

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Apr 3, 2023Liked by Sari Botton, Staci Greason

What a terrific story, well told.

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Apr 3, 2023Liked by Sari Botton, Staci Greason

The first time I had lunch as friends with my (now) husband, I told him emphatically, "I am NEVER getting married again." He had never been married. Almost exactly three years later, at age 46 and 48, we had a very lovely wedding!

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Apr 4, 2023Liked by Sari Botton, Staci Greason

Love this! You are such an amazing writer! And you and Larry still owe me a husband:)

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Apr 3, 2023Liked by Sari Botton, Staci Greason

Fantastically written. You nailed it. Thank you so much for sharing this story!!!

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Apr 3, 2023Liked by Sari Botton, Staci Greason

Well written and I can relate. I hope your first and his fifth will be long and joyous. I escaped two bad marriages and have been without any relationship for about five years now. My three kids are all grown (and doing well) and living in other states --three different states too. I don't exactly feel lonely but it occurred to me recently that maybe I'm missing out on having a good friend and companion to share life with and that maybe instead of being strong, I'm just avoiding out of fear.

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Apr 3, 2023Liked by Sari Botton, Staci Greason

We’re all forever Single (capital S intentional) until we’re not. What a beautiful, moving story. ❤️

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Apr 3, 2023Liked by Sari Botton, Staci Greason

Love this story so much. And related on so many levels, having gotten married at 49, and living in LA.

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Apr 3, 2023Liked by Sari Botton, Staci Greason

I love this story. Where can I get a Cat Lady action figure?

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Apr 3, 2023Liked by Sari Botton, Staci Greason

great. courageous!

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