This is a photo of my mother at about 12 years old.
She loved animals and had a large assortment of them as pets;
a lamb (Mownie) cats, pigeons, chickens and a dog named Dave...there were even "Pigickens" that were chicks that my mom let a pigeon hatch. Her pigeon only laid soft shelled eggs, so she took sympathy on the little pigeon and put a couple of chicken eggs in her
nest. They pigeon was so proud and sat on the eggs until they hatched.
This naturally imprinted the chicks and pigeon together and they became surrogate children of the pigeon...and followed the pigeon
everywhere. They all followed my mother around..even to the corner market. My grandmother used to tell me that it was quite a sight watching my mom walk in the neighborhood with a herd of animals following her. They would wait outside the market for her and resume their walk back to the house!
"A mother holds her children’s hands for a while, but their hearts forever."