Quiet Thoughts

What’s a family reunion?

Well, members of the same family are called relatives and when the relatives all get together for a party they sometimes call it a family reunion.

What do they do?

They talk and take pictures and laugh, but mostly they eat.

Count me in.  I want to go to a family reunion so I can eat!

Goofball.

Do we belong to the same family?

We do now because Mom adopted us.

Do you remember anything about your real family?

No.  I was so young and Mom loved me so much right from the beginning that she made me feel like we always belonged together.

That’s the same thing for me.  Does Mom have a mom?

She did.  In fact, she told me that today would have been her mother’s 90th birthday.

That’s more numbers in cat years than I can even begin to count!

I think Mom misses her mom.  You must remember that humans stay connected to their mothers and fathers lots longer than we fur people do.  I don’t even remember what my cat Mom looked like or what her name was.

I thought I was being really bad ‘cuz I couldn’t remember anything about my cat Mom either.  It’s nice to know that we both have that problem.  I guess Mom’s love just filled our kitty hearts and minds.

When Mom gets home from choir practice tonight, I think we should run up to her and start purring so she knows how much we love her.

Good idea.  Maybe she won’t miss her mom so much then.
From the Mom:

Thank you boys for thinking of me.  I know you fur people don’t always understand things we humans do, but you are always ready to give love.  I wanted to show you an old picture of my Mom.  She’s the one on the left and the other one is her sister, Aunty Jo.  The two of them always had so much fun together.  Both are gone now.  Mom was born on October 24, 1922 and died on October 12, 2002.  I wish you could have met her because I know you would have loved her and she would have loved you.

Friday the 13th

I have a question.

You usually do.

Quiet.  This is serious.  Besides, Mom told you to be nice.

What is it now?

Why are some humans and fur people afraid of Friday the 13th?

I’m not sure.  It has something to do with the number 13 and if it falls on a Friday it means bad luck.

That makes no sense!  Fridays are right before Saturdays and Saturdays are part of the weekend so all humans and fur people should be excited.

I agree with you.

So, let’s change how the humans think about Friday the 13th.

How?

Let’s tell them to think of 13 things they really like to do, see, read or eat and they can do them all on Friday the 13th.

That’s a wonderful idea.

Let’s start on our list to give them an idea.  First of all there’s treats.

Yes, I knew that was going to be mentioned.  How about naps?

Rolling in the grass.

Having Mom brush us.

Unwrapping a new toy.

Listening to the birds sing.

Purring.

Talking to an old friend.

Getting tummy rubs.

Chewing on fresh catnip.

Trying some new food.

Going for a ride.

Writing a blog.

We did it!  We came up with 13 things.  Now it’s time for our fur people and human readers to do the same.  We just have to make Friday the 13th fun for everyone!

About that first item on our list…………..where’s Mom?

Why Aren’t We at the Computer?

Why do we get confused?

Maybe we think too much.

I like that answer.

Why are you confused now?

Have you noticed that when Mom’s really busy or gone we just don’t seem to sit down at the computer as much and share things with our readers?

Maybe we’re picking up her vibes and we just don’t have time to sit still.  Last weekend Mom left us home with Uncle Bob while she went on a road trip.  I really missed her so I didn’t feel like sitting down at the computer and that meant no notes to our readers.

When Mom got home I was so excited that I couldn’t sit still long enough to write anything so I didn’t want to be at the computer.

This whole week Mom has been really busy so even she hasn’t been at the computer much.

I sure hope she saw our birthday greetings to her.  I felt bad that we couldn’t go shopping ‘cuz we can’t go out of the back yard and we don’t have any money.

I don’t think Mom cared about that ‘cuz we did what several of our readers suggested and we purred and purred for Mom and that made her happy.

I just thought of another reason why we don’t seem to be at the computer as much right now.

What?

We both love to be outside and Mom won’t let us bring the computer outside so if we have to choose between sitting at the computer or running around outside chasing butterflies and napping in the sun, guess which option we choose…….

No options as far as I can tell.  We will be outside every chance we get!

I hope our readers are having as much fun this summer as we are.  I hope Mom hurries home from work so we can go outside before it rains again.

Sundays

We love Sundays!

For one thing, Mom is usually home most of the day.

She goes to church early in the morning and sings choir…

I’m not sure if a “choir” is something she wears, something she carries, or something she puts in her mouth.

Shakespeare, quit thinking about food!  I told you before that a choir is a group of humans  in the church who sing songs.  Before you ask, fur people don’t get to sing in choirs….at least not in church.  Maybe we could start our own choir in the neighborhood.  I’m pretty sure Champ and Axle, the neighbor dogs, would join us and maybe some of the fur people out in “blogland” would join us.  But back to Sundays…

Is that what we were talking about?  My mind wandered when you mentioned food.

We love Sundays because they are usually quiet days.  We really like it when the sun shines ‘cuz then we can take “sun baths”. 

I know what that is and I love it!

Mom usually does some cooking in the afternoon and the house smells good.

Food…….yes, we LOVE that!!!!

Sometimes Mom reads and then I can take a nap on her lap.  She really likes it when I curl up on top of her and start purring.

I’m too independent to climb up on her lap, but sometimes I wish I could just go ahead and do it.

Why don’t you?  Mom would really be surprised and she’d be so happy.

I’m going to have to think about that.  Shall we go find some sunshine and take a nap now?

Sounds good to me.  Maybe that’s what the humans are doing today, too.  Let’s go see if Mom’s taking a nap.

Twilight Zone

Hemingway, I’m really amazed….and kind of spooked.

What’s going on?

Have you looked around in the basement?

Sure.  Of course Mom won’t let me go everywhere but I’ve done some exploring.

Have you noticed that one painting on the wall by the door?

Which painting?

This one…….

I guess I haven’t paid much attention to it.  Why?

I asked Mom about it and she said her mother painted it a long time ago.  I think it looks a lot like me.

Now that you mention it, I guess it does.

How did Mom’s mom know that I was going to live here?

Hey………that reminds me.  Mom showed me a picture once of a kitty that she had in high school.  Even though the kitty was a girl, she looked a lot like me.  I guess her name was Trixie and she was a big kitty like me.  I don’t know where that picture is now so I can’t show you.

Don’t you think it’s strange that Mom once had a kitty who looked like you and then her mom painted a kitty who looked like me?

I don’t think it’s strange.  I think it’s rather wonderful.  It just shows me that Mom was supposed to have both of us.

I like that explanation.  Let’s go find Mom and purr in her ears to show her how happy we are living with her.