A FELINE UPDATE
Recently, our Persian cat went to live with our son. Although deeply loved and cared for, not so much by me, it was necessary to get the cat out of our house.
BY ALL ACCOUNTS
The report is that Merlin is happily adjusting to his new home and his new owner. I suppose so. By all accounts, he is happy, content and has returned to his daily lifestyle of gourmet cat food and sleeping 22 hours a day. Bless his little heart.
(I’m referring to the cat.)
IT’S A CAT THING
We were at our son’s place for lunch yesterday. The cat and his mother, my wife, were joyously reunited. While she fawned over him the cat sat there like a lump and just purred the sweet happiness of self-indulgence. It was kismet. They are fated to share a maternal relationship. I guess it’s a cat thing.
AS NEAR AS I CAN TELL
From what I can tell, the sole purpose of that animal is as follows:
- To be.
- To sleep.
- To sleep some more.
- To look cute.
- To eat.
- To eat some more.
- To be fawned over, petted, and adored.
HE’S OKAY, MOSTLY
Merlin is okay, mostly. There are times when he will sit up, gather himself, and look like he is about to do something interesting, even intelligent. He will get right up to the edge of it and then, nope.
Merlin is a poof, a puff of hair, an empty headed pretty boy born and bread to be pampered and provided for. His life is the life of a kept pet: look good, act snooty, and be whole-heartedly committed to sedentary immobility.
But we love him.
THE COWARDLY LION
If this were the Wizard of Oz, Merlin would be typecast as the cowardly lion. Everything frightens poor little Merlin. Here are some things he is afraid of:
- Anything shiny
- Vacuum cleaners
- The garage
This cat is the great indoors-man.
SOME SELF REVELATION
Perhaps I chide and deride Merlin because he reminds me of me. I like to sleep. I like to eat. I don’t like noise and I’m not a huge fan of toasters. I don’t care to be outside when it’s hot and humid. But we differ on one important item; I do like shiny things.
I’m over the moon grateful to our son for taking Merlin. I hope it lasts. I hope the two of them will be happy.
I know I am.
Merlin And Derek: So Happy Together