I figured out long ago that life is about learning and that the lessons come from just everything. Today, I got one courtesy of my girlie cat, Chi.
Chi is a lot twitchier than my male cat, Percy, so she didn’t allow me much petting time for the first three years of our relationship. I am the persevering sort, and I just pursued her like a lover. Now, she will climb up into my lap occasionally, allow petting while she tapdances, kneads a little thigh-dough, and then settles down for a warm snooze.
Chi has another little trick though that is absolutly too precious. She learned from Percy when she first came to live with us that after you use the litter box, you make scratching sounds over the “gift.” The big difference between Chi and Percy is that he makes scratching sounds to cover the gift and Chi just makes scratching sounds on the side of the litter box, covering nothing. Ditsy broad, you think? It cracked me up the first time I saw her do that. “Well, heck, mom, it sounded right!”
Ever done something you thought was right and it really was not? Have you done it publically for all the world to see? How do you live with yourself after a public faux pas? Chi shakes the dust off her paws and eases on down the road. She never looks back. There’s a big lesson in that.
I think we big girls have a tendency to be too conscientious over our failings. Shucks, everyone makes mistakes. I think the best way to handle a mistake - like one more failed diet - (you know what I mean) is to SHRUG. C’est la vie! No biggie. My darling German grandpop used to say “WhatamI’m gonna do?” while he shrugged and grinned. When you catch yourself in a mistake, try to view it as a “missed take” and vow to do better the next time it happens. It will!
This lesson brought to you courtesy of Miss Chi Matson, Princess of the Mountains, preciously cute and not too swift with litter boxes.
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