To my dismay, I just found a story that was supposed to go in my book about my cat, Carlos. For some reason, it got overlooked.
There’s an upside to this anecdote, however. Now you, my website readers, can be the first to read it. Here it is:
Cat? What Cat?
Cats have a philosophy about the rules you establish for them. Their belief is that they are required to follow your rules as long as you are present. If you are not around, it becomes their choice as to whether they obey your wishes or not. In your absence, they often find it convenient to have a lapse of memory.
How Carlos and I Reached a Compromise
When I lived in Bells Flats in Kodiak, my kitchen table resided next to the window, which provided a view of my deck and my back yard. I argued at length with Carlos about that table. He wanted to sit on it so he could watch the world outside the window.
I finally reached a compromise with him. I allowed him to sit on one corner of the table, next to the window. He learned to be satisfied with that concession. Of course, he insisted on running catty-cornered across the table to get to his spot, but then he stayed there.
Changes Came with Gustavus Move
When I moved to Gustavus, I placed the kitchen table next to an inside wall with no window behind it. Nevertheless, Carlos felt he should still be allowed the privilege of table-sitting.
It took me a few months to make it clear to him that such behavior was no longer acceptable. Finally, he agreed to modify his behavior, with only an occasional slip-up, just to keep me on my toes.
A Walk in the Moonlight
For several months, he seemed to forget about the desirability of sitting on the table. He transferred his attention to other favorite spots, to my relief.
Then late one night I awoke to see bright moonlight outside my window, reflecting winter snow. The sky was clear and the full moon lit up the scene. I got out of bed and, without turning on a light, walked through the whole house, enjoying the views of bright landscape outside.
Where is the Cat?
I headed back to my bedroom. At the doorway, I said to myself, “Wait a minute! Where is Carlos? He was sleeping in the armchair in the living room.”
I turned on the light so I could find him. There, in the exact center of the table sat my cat, as still as a china statue, staring at me with big unblinking yellow eyes. Caught in the act! I didn’t know whether to laugh or to scold him, so I just said, “Carlos!”
Cat? What cat? He disappeared in a flash.
He came so close to getting away with his misdemeanor. If I had not turned on the light I’d never have seen that rascally cat.
Cat and Story Both Disappeared
So there it is, published at last. Did you like the story? If you did, please leave me a comment or two. If you would like to read more about Carlos, click on his name to go to another post about him.