THERE’S BEEN A CHANGE
There’s been a change in our house, a significant change. For reasons not germane to this piece, our beloved, but much maligned cat Merlin, has moved out. (see picture)
Merlin the Cat
WHERE DID HE GO?
He didn’t wander off or run away to join the circus. We just needed him to live somewhere else for a while so he’s moved in with our son. I miss him. Oh well.
Our Son And His House Guest
MERLIN AND DANIELLE
You may recall from previous blogs that Merlin and I don’t really get along. You could say that ours is more of an uneasy peace, a kind of mutual loathing. We don’t fight, argue or mistreat each other, all that much. I mean, who has the time?
Merlin is my wife’s cat. She is an animal lover and if I shared her affection for all things hairy and four legged then life with Merlin would be different. But I don’t and it’s not.
But she misses him and my son tells me that the cat misses her. I’m not at all sure how someone determines a cat is missing someone, but okay.
So our son, who is a bright and caring person, arranged a Face Time between his Mother and Merlin. If you’re unfamiliar, Face Time is a video call using a pair of iPhones.
IT WAS PRECIOUS
It was so precious.
Our son kept repositioning his phone to keep it in front of the cat. My wife, who is very affectionate with Merlin, was excited to Face Time with her sweet baby boy (not our son) and spoke in her cutest, cooing voice.
It was epic. Mostly, he just sat on a table and watched the birds through a window. Merlin appeared to notice her voice, but seemed confused. Perhaps he was struggling to comprehend the functionality of an iPhone 6.
(The result of too much inbreeding?)
SO LET’S SEE
What wisdom or insights can I share?
As I finish, I pause to evaluate the experience:
- The cost of a ten minute Face Time call: basically free
- Monthly expense for cell phone service: $50
- Retail price for an iPhone: $549.99
- Average price for a thoroughbred Persian: $650
- Watching my wife and son attempt to Face Time a cat: Priceless
Yep, life in the fast lane.