Zoe Introduces Belle and Barre
Dear friends and fans, I’ve got a happy story for you this month. Well, happier than last month’s story, anyway. I will recap that in a minute, in case you missed it, but first, for any reader who has not yet met me, I must introduce myself. I am Zoe the Fabulous Feline, and I write stories. I live with Emily, the human I adopted about eight years ago when I was a mere kitten; at that same time, my sister, Jasmine (“Jaz”) adopted Emily’s daughter, Michele, and Michele’s husband, Michael.
In last month’s story, I told you that Jaz had fallen ill and had crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Losing her left us broken-hearted and we miss her very much.
Michele and Michael felt the loss of Jaz more acutely, of course. After all, when they left the house, there was no Jaz sitting in the window, meowing, “Good-bye, please hurry home!” When they returned, there was no Jaz sitting just inside the door, waiting to welcome them home. The house just did not feel the same without their little Jaz running around, begging for play time and treats. It did not take long at all for Michele and Michael to decide that, although they could never replace Jaz, they could offer a forever home to another shelter cat. And so began the search for a new feline to love.
Michele and Michael quickly found and fell in love with not one but two kittens. A pair of sisters, no less! They did not have the heart to separate them, so, although the plan was to adopt one cat, home they came with two.
Anyway, you know what they say about plans. “The best–laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” They being just a single Scotsman by the name of Robert Burns. And actually, Mister Burns did not say that; not exactly anyway. The quote evolved into what we say even today, but was adapted from a line in a poem written by Mister Burns in 1785, who wrote the poem, entitled “To A Mouse,” when he inadvertently turned up a mouse’s nest while ploughing the fields. His brother said that Mr. Burns wrote it right on the spot, with plough still in hand. In the poem, Mister Burns apologizes to the mouse for destroying its home; he describes how he recognized that the poor mouse, after seeing this great and empty field, thought it would be a wonderful and safe place to nest for the winter. But alas, as Mister Burns wrote: “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men, Gang aft agley” – I can certainly see how this line came to be anglicized. Do you want to know one more interesting tidbit relevant to this great quote about plans? (I plan to tell you either way, so you may as well listen up.) Mister Burns’ quote provided the seed for John Steinbeck’s 1937 novel Of Mice and Men.
Hmmm … where was I? Oh yes. The new felines in our lives. Two. It was a happy day at the shelter. It was not such a happy day for me. After all, they’re cats. I’m a cat. Cats generally do not like it when a new cat comes into the picture; two cats were going to be impossible. I got along with Jaz and miss her because she was my sister. These are strangers … unknown felines coming into my territory! The family will expect that I will welcome them, show them around. Play with them! This will not be easy to do. But in honor of Jaz’s memory, I will try. I know she would want me to.
So, without further ado, allow me to introduce you to Belle and Barre (pronounced as “Bar-ree”). I will say, they are beauties. In their own way. I mean, they don’t possess my kind of beauty, but I am unique. I—oh, okay, okay!—they are really quite pretty. But I write stories. I will have to see what their super-power is. When I look at their photos, I wonder if they might be part Bengal. If they are, I am sure that, after we get used to each other, we will have some great adventures together.
Currently, the sisters are still pretty shy and adjusting to the change in their lives. They are only just starting to socialize with their humans, so I know they are not yet ready to welcome a visit from me.
Whew! I get a reprieve!
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