2015, Loudon, Tennessee | 2019, Loudon, Tennessee
I met Chris in 2015 during my 8000 mile trip through America. He was only 8 years old and told me everything about killer cats. We sneaked through the woods and every little sound awakened a new killer cat story. He loved telling stories but - most of all - he loved being in his imaginary world with someone else. In stead of hearing this was all fake, he just wanted someone who realized this was real to him.
Chris is growing up with his grandma and grandpa. His parents died in car crash when he was very little. His mom was pregnant.
He never told me about his parents. His grandparents did, but he didn’t. He did talk to me though. Especially about his ‘fascination’ about killer cats.
Just like every other child he lives in his own imaginary world, but unfortunately his world isn’t safe. There is a constant threat make him feel unsafe.
But he knows how to survive.
Last year, just before Covid said hi, I visited him. Again. And within minutes he took me on a field trip and shared all his (new) discoveries about these cats.
So much love for this kid.