What’s Left?

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By admin | Category: Opinion

By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher and Simba the late Squeaks adoptive baby

As I sit here and write this column, I look around and see all my cats (well - not all of them cause they are not all in my bedroom, thank goodness) but I see several of them laying around my room, some on my bed staring at me, some asleep on my bed, some laying behind my back on my pillow, one laying next to my leg and one eyeing my Coke (which is unfortunately in a can) so that he can go over and lick the outside of the can - and eventually turn it over if I let him. That is why I exclusively drink Coke out of bottles - except for when I run out and accidentally throw my last plastic bottle in the recycle bin. Anyway, I appreciate all these creatures of God with their own distinct personalities. Each and everyone of my cats has their own little personalities, quirks and eccentricities. I know these and sometimes it is simply impossible to mesh two cats together in the same room that have clashing personalities. Sometimes I have to put one of them in a cage for awhile so they can calm down and sometimes I have to shut one in the bathroom. There is even one cat that has to routinely have a tranquilizer - otherwise he hunkers down and attacks any cat within his line of sight. He is a beautiful cat but obviously has a screw loose. But, despite all this, I truly love all these cats. (No big surprise to most of you who know me.)  They bring me much joy - just by observing them. Now I am not saying that sometimes I get somewhat overwhelmed by the sheer work that has to be done to keep them healthy - because I do. But I couldn’t do it if I didn’t really love them. I think I could be a cat behaviorist - or maybe I already am. I know my cats - but I’m not sure I could walk into someone else’s house and tell them what is wrong with their cat. After all - some cats just have a few loose screws.  That’s the LS diagnosis your vet writes on your cat’s chart. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have a great cat. That can just mean that your life will be a little more interesting.  I have several that would fall under that category.

It’s back to school week - yea for all you parents! Good luck teachers!  I was up there - at the Early Childhood Building visiting the kids eating lunch on their first day of school. They were so well-behaved and cute. I just wanted to stay there with them. I envy the teachers of those young kids. They are adorable - as Principal Jenkins and her staff can attest. I also looked in on the cafeteria of Beebe and Badger Elementary and  saw the  2nd graders eating. They were also well-behaved and seemed to be having a good time.   I wish all of you a great year - parents, students and teachers!

Go to your happy place!

See you next week!