NEWS & MEWS:
In light of our recovery from Hurricane Sandy, Cat Wisdom 101 will be publishing on an ad hoc basis. All book reviews and giveaways are postponed or extended. To read more about our adventures with Sandy, scroll to yesterday’s post. Thanks kindly for your good wishes. We still have no Internet and gas shortages are the next challenge (this is being written on my laptop at a library in a neighboring town). The Chinese use the same word to mean both crisis and opportunity and I see this crisis as an opportunity to reflect on personal goals and directions. I can’t say what changes are coming yet but changes are in store for this website.
Being jolted from one’s usual habits and patterns of behavior can be a good thing. Cats are notorious for being creatures of habit but so are humans. We like our routines and rituals of morning coffee and perhaps a newspaper. They offer comfort but can lull us sleep walk through life in a blur of unawareness. That said, it was short of miraculous to see the New York Times being delivered the morning after the storm. Normally, the delivery guy drives up our long driveway and tosses it onto the porch. That day, a little girl I’d never seen before skipped up the driveway and delivered it by hand. I’ll never know if she was a delivery guy’s child or an angel. A crisis brings out the best and worst in human nature and I’m guilty of being equal parts goddess and shrew lately. There will be no Saint Layla anytime soon. Now, on to cat news…
The cats weathered the storm with extra coddling and treats. Everyone sunbathed on the porch this morning as if nothing had happened. Domino remains the most wary and continues to dive under the bed at any loud noise. Odin delighted in new horizontal trees to show off his agility training skills and Gris Gris was allowed to eat roast chicken off my plate in honor of his Gotcha Day.
What a difference two years can make in the life of a cat after they’re adopted. The anniversary of adopting a cat is called a Gotcha Day. October 30 was Gris Gris’s and Odin’s 2nd Gotcha Day but we were too busy to celebrate. I’d planned to post a photo montage but can’t upload any new photos. Hopefully there will be new pics for next Caturday.
It feels like yesterday when the unlikely duo arrived. Odin was a five-month old kitten, recuperating from eye surgery to remove a badly infected left eye. He shared a shelter room with Gris Gris, a near feral, scrawny old cat with zero chances of being adopted. At first glance I wasn’t attracted to him but I’d never seen such desperation before. He’d lived in that small room with a series of bullies for over a year. We connected telepathically then as we do now. He knew he had one chance to get my attention. We were there with plans to foster Odin but Gris Gris had other plans. He paced in front of me back and forth with a gleam in his amber eyes. GET ME OUT OF HERE! We had no plans to adopt. Merlin’s beloved sister Coco had died that September 14 and we were all grieving. The plan was to foster temporarily but cats have ways of changing best laid plans, and here we are happily two years later with a family of four cats.
Life is full of unexpected twists and turns. More than ever, I believe, good comes out of bad. Maybe not right away but eventually. Despite the distractions of listening to kids babbling in the library, a guy belching every 30 seconds, a harried librarian being asked endless questions, this post got written. I’m someone who needs absolute silence and privacy to write but by being forced out of my comfort zone, my patience stretched to the max, new elasticity and possibilities opened up for me. I’ll go out on a limb and say: I believe Sandy is the best thing that ever happened to me. It gave me a sorely needed wake-up call.
There will be no new book review on Sunday, but there is still time to enter our huge giveaway to win copies of our favorite new cat book The Dalai Lama’s Cat (Last Sunday’s review). Thanks again and see you next time. Fellow bloggers: I look forward to catching up with you at your blog soon!