I began thinking about the evidence...
Laura, unknown age
Laura has always loved to read books. She reads all sorts of books. In the above picture, she is reading a children's book, A Bargain for Frances, a story involving badgers.
Laura and Buddy, Jan 2012
Laura still loves to read and her reading posture hasn't changed much over the years, but what has changed is the presence of a lap cat, which makes every book better.
The Toy Shop Mystery by Flora Gill Jacobs
This is one of the few surviving books from Laura's childhood. The cat shown on the cover is Annie, a Siamese who helps solve the toy shop mystery.
Laura holding "Fat Cat", unknown age
Here is Laura in her early stages of Cat Lady development. She grew up on a farm in Michigan. Fat Cat was one of the farm cats. Not sure if Fat Cat is enjoying being squeezed in the middle, but it looks like Laura is enjoying holding Fat Cat.
Laura holding Theo, Jan 2012
As shown in this picture, Laura continues to enjoy holding cats. Thankfully for the cat's sake, her handling technique has improved over the years.
Laura's writing desk, Jan 2012
Laura has taken to bringing home cat-themed items, including this handmade cat doll. Also notice the cat bookmark in the background.
I've saved the most convincing pieces of evidence for last.
Laura holding Max, Sept 2008
Laura is the reason Fourwhitepaws Hobby Cattery came into existence. September 2, 2006, Laura called me asking if I wanted a cat. She was over helping a friend move and the friend had offered to give us Max if we wanted him. Up until this moment in time, we had never talked about getting a cat. Max was the kitty who forever opened our hearts to the many joys of cats.
Rose, Jan 2012
It was a Saturday morning in September 2010. The day prior, I had rescued Rose, an 8 week old frightened kitten, from the engine compartment of a truck in front of the house. She was scared as she tried to disappear in the carrier as she awaited transport to the shelter. Laura pulled her from the carrier and held her close to her heart. It's now over a year later and Rose still occupies her heart.
When I first met Laura, over twenty years ago, she didn't have much openness to companion animals. For me, having grown up with dogs, I was eager to get a small dog, but Laura wasn't interested. I tried all sorts of things to get her interested, including bringing her to dog shows where she could see lots of options. At one show she spoke six words that rocked my world, "That one is kind of cute," as she was looking at a Chihuahua.
Years went by and over time Laura's heart softened. Max played a huge role in that transformation. Each of our cats forever owns a piece of her heart. One of the many wonderful things I love about Laura is her kind, compassionate heart toward animals.
Happy Anniversary Laura the Cat Lady, the love of my life.