Perhaps it all started a few weeks ago, when Ricki and I were returning from a doctor’s appointment. There was a black cat near the bus stop. As far as Ricki was concerned, it could have been a tiger. She was scared. Period. A woman sitting there said what a shame that she doesn’t have an animal to take care of.
Now that may be true, but in general, orthodox families (at least in Israel) don’t keep pets. (When you have 6 or more kids, who needs an animal to keep you company?) By the time we had left the bus stop, Ricki had calmed down enough to wave at the cat from AFAR.