Tag: cats

Power Outages

Some people say that when you are open to it, the Universe guides you. That it gives you gifts, like a mama cat leaving a half dead mouse on your pillow. It knows you need the nourishment, but even more so, that you need the experience.  The limitations of my experiences kept me for totally agreeing that was gospel. I think too much, second guess myself too often. And that’s clogged up my ability to see and review these gifts from the Universe. That is until this happened. This chain linked series of events opened my eyes and showed me that, if you pay attention sometimes you get just what you need to be laid right out in front of you.

In the early hours of a Tuesday morning, some unlucky bastard ran his car off the road and into a tree. The driver was fine, but the tree was not. It had found itself a brand new home by crashing into a substation that supplied power to a large section of this small town. That power outage split the lumbering county in half. The northern half had power, while those to the south were without.

It was on that Tuesday morning I had an appointment out in the southeastern part of town. I don’t follow local news so I had no idea there was a widespread power outage. My only concern was getting two kids into a car and being able to make an 8:45 am appointment. Ever try to get two kids under the age of 5 ready and out the door in a quick and timely manner? Yeah, it’s about as easy as tying snakes in knots. Somehow, we all ended up where we needed to be with ten minutes to spare. It was then that we caught up with local events.

“M’am, we ain’t got any power. You’re gonna have to call and reschedule.” A very exasperated lady standing in a darkened door hollered at me across the parking lot.

Seat belts were buckled and kid tears were shed. Apparently, not being able to go into the darkened unairconditioned building was heartbreaking. I pulled out of the parking lot only slightly more annoyed than I should have been and started home.

I passed the DMV, giving them a mental middle finger for making me wait the last time I was in there half a year before. I passed the consignment shop that had a mouse problem last time I had visited. I passed the yellow house with the little yellow well house out front that I’ve loved since I was a kid. I slowed down after that house because the new police station was just up ahead, right past the fabrication shop that was owned by one of my distant cousins. More specifically, my dad’s uncle’s son.

And there, sitting on the tailgate of a blue S-10 was my father.

Here is the part where I tell you that I’m not on best terms with my biological family. I’ll explain it all later, but remember Cinderella? Well, instead of an evil Stepmother and stepsisters, I had an evil Mother and a father who was on his third marriage and was getting close to his fifties when I was born. When I married my husband, the ties were severed. After a few tries, I realized that my mother just wasn’t good for my mental health. The drawback was that cutting her out, cut him out too. I’ve never fully recovered from that.

So to see him, after all these years, just sitting there talking smack with the fellas caught my breath in my throat. The decision was easy. I was there. I had a block of time suddenly empty. Without turning on my blinker, I gave in to the message the Universe was sending me. I turned into the gravel parking lot and got out of the car.

Two minutes later, I was wrapped in my father’s arms.

I want to tie this back to my original point. Because of a series of unfortunate events, I got to see my father. It was exactly what I needed. The Universe gift wrapped an experience just for me. And by not second guessing it, I received two things. One was a salve on a decade old wound. And the other was the first step of a relationship with something greater than myself.

I’m listening Universe. You don’t have to knock out the power to get my attention again. 

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Day 7: Your Pet Hates

I’m really feeling like I didn’t read these daily prompts as well as I thought. This once surprised me. I know I’m doing them just to get into the habit of posting, but I thought they’d be a bit deeper. But, what the hell, let’s talk about pets.

We have two fat and sassy cats. Their names are Athens and Jiji.

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This is Athens. She’s the Queen of the house.

Athen’s is the oldest. We adopted her as a wee little kitten. She was our first family cat. My husband’s had cats since he was a little baby, but I never had. We got Athens and I fell in love. Some people say that their cats are their fur babies. That’s not true with her. She’s like a fur adult co-parent. She’s the second wife in the house, it seems. She loves and cuddles freely but its usually when she wants to. I love when she sleeps in the bed with me. She always curls up right behind my knees. Anyway, she hates water most of all. Her second biggest hate is when Jiji craps. She waits outside the little box to jump and swat Gigi in the face.

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This is Jiji. She’s an aggressive cuddler. 

Jiji is the sweetest, most obnoxiously lovey dovey cat ever. I’ve recently had to stop her sleeping with me because she likes to groom my hair and face while I sleep. I know she means well, but that shit hurts and is pretty frightening to wake up to. She loves to take total dominion of your lap and rub her face on your hands so you have to pet her. Her biggest hate is an empty food bowl. She was a stray at some point in her life and I don’t think she’s ever forgotten what being hungry feels like. She’s never forgotten what lonely feels like. Because of that, a lot of her obnoxious actions are overlooked.  Fun fact about Jiji; I named her after the cat from Kiki’s Delivery Service. When she’s being totally gross or doing something weird I call her GG Allin. If you’re familiar with GG Allin, you’ll understand why I think it’s hilarious.

I really love these two. And I’m pretty sure they love me. When I’m upset, feeling bad, or whatever, I can always expect a furry head to push into me looking to love on me. Our family is complete because of them. I’d definitely be a different person if they weren’t around.