Erica was in grade school when she got her first cat named Gator, a big orange and white tabby. Always a keen observer, Erica named the pads on Gator's feet 'pork and beans' because they were pink and bean shaped.
Fast forward about 25 years when I took this photo of a tired kitten enjoying the afternoon sun in the Germantown area of Philly in September. At closer inspection there were visible gray pork and beans. Seeing them made this empty nester not so lonely.