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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I Lost the Stupid Cat.

I know, I know, "Stupid's not a nice word". But it was my own stupid fault. Stupid stupid stupid.

I opened up the garage door, my normal routine, to greet the little ones' school buses in the afternoon. I intended to keep an eye on the cat, who now has access to the garage via this cute little pet door that John already installed.

Then the phone rang. It was my friend Stephanie calling from Germany. It was a bad connection so she had to call back. I got distracted. Then Sean-Peter got off the bus and rightfully asked, "Where's duh cat?" Um, good question. Ooh, I know! he's just gone on a "Long Explore"! I'm sure he'll be back soon.

But he wasn't, and no one was much in the mood for Winnie the Pooh. Conner asked where the cat was the minute he walked in the door. "Why did you let the cat out?!" I was seriously wondering the same thing myself.

So we were all bummed, though Olivia told me she forgave me. I asked Conner if he totally hated me, and he said, "Well, I'm not really liking you right now as much as I usually do."

At least he said he usually likes me.

John and Conner rode around the neighborhood for at least an hour, hoping to catch a glimpse of him. They made signs that Conner and his friend Mitch distributed to some neighbors and posted up around the neighborhood, in the nearby park. They talked to people who happened to be out. No luck.

The thing is, John and I had just been remarking the night before about how at home the cat totally was with us, a mere 24 hours into his stay.
I mean, really. Have you ever seen the like? He either really likes us, or he is really laid-back and could make himself just as at home anywhere. We were betting on the latter.

Really, it's been too soon for The Huckster to know his home, and I was sure I had lost our brand-new cat. I was sure he had sauntered into someone else's garage and made friends with whoever happened to be there, this cat so ready to chill and hang out with whoever's around.

Then, just as it was getting dark, with a little mew to hearken his arrival, in he saunters to our still-open garage, just like that. The little rascal was probably napping in the bushes the whole time.

Needless to say, I was relieved. Olivia's face lit up like a Christmas tree when she saw him, and Sean-Peter just tilted his head back and started laughing. And laughing and laughing. And maybe Conner likes me as much as he usually does?

I simply exclaimed, "He does know that we are his new home!" I was genuinely surprised. And did I mention relieved? Olivia's grin just beamed brighter. And Sean-Peter leaned back and chortled some more.
This morning he starting mewing plaintively, desperate to join me outside where I was hanging clothes out to dry. I wish I could say I was hang-drying clothes to be eco-friendly, or to save money. But really it's just because our dryer is out of commission so I didn't have a choice.

And I didn't let the cat out, either. Never mind that it's a beautiful day. The next time this guy gets let outside it won't be by my hand.

Stupid cat.


$5 Dinner Mom said...

So glad he came back! I've got an award for you and your super funniness over at $5 Dinners! Stop by for the details!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad he's back! I'm thinking the kitty really loves you all, and you're probably right--I wouldn't be surprised if he was right under your nose!

Carolyn said...

Welcome Home Huckster!

Anonymous said...

So glad the Huckster came home! He really is a beautiful cat! He is also a very lucky cat to have found such a loving home.

Tam said...

Glad YOU found the HUCKSTER! We have four CATS...crazy right! They were all rescured cats also and long stories of HOW we ended up with them before we had kids. They have moved well with us and YES CATS adapt quickly to their NEW HOMES! OUR CATS however NEVER go outside and we fear they would be lost if let out. WE have ONE that LOOKS LIKE YOUR HUCKSTER...I need to find the pic of show YOU..his name is Grayson and he is HUGE and laid back like this dude! I think they are distant KIN! LOL LOL LOL LOL

OK the huckster is beautiful!

Carmen said...

I can't beieve you got a stupid cat! HA!

Mary Alice said...

Phew! That was lucky! THe cat return, I mean. Maybe you'll totally love the fresh line dried clothes and really get into your clothesline now!