On Facebook, it kind of seems like the new tradition for every holiday is talking about why that holiday isn't so great, and it's kind of bumming me out. I think our brother-in-law had the best attitude about it, because to hear him talk, he had a legitimately terrible childhood, but today his post was along the lines of, "For all of you who have the kind of mothers you'd like to honor today, good on you, and for the rest of us, solidarity." In other words, it's nice to have a special day for your mothers if you want to, and if you don't think your mother deserves it (which really doesn't sound nice when you put it that way, but unfortunately there are mothers like that), you don't have to worry about it. I think people get too caught up in "societal norms" and whether they should be conformed to or abolished. A)Why is there no middle ground? And B)who says we all have to do something just because a lot of other people want to do it?
But enough about that! We have a much more important thing to talk about today, and it came in the form of an unexpected but appropriate visitor. Page likes to go outside in the mornings, so we opened the door for her and came and did stuff on the computer in the office. Sometimes when she comes back in, she will meow as if she wants something, but usually she doesn't seem to actually want anything, so we've learned to just say hi to acknowledge her and carry on with what we're doing. But this time, she kept meowing, and it took on a tone of, "Come on, you have to take care of this!" So Athena went out to investigate.
She looked out the door and there, to our surprise, was the cat that adopted our neighbors. I thought that was pretty unusual, especially considering the fact that she'd just had kittens, and she's clearly at least a little protective of them, because once when we spotted her on the neighbor's patio, she hissed as we got a little too close. (That was the first time we noticed the kittens.) Anyway, because it was so unusual, I wanted to see it, too, so I moved over to get a good view...and I didn't see her. But I did see a miniature version of her. Apparently one of the kittens had gotten adventurous, and she came along to supervise. Of course, when they saw me, they ran back to the neighbor's patio.
And that would have been cute enough as it was, but there's more! Page wanted to go back outside around lunchtime, so we opened the door for her. Once again, it wasn't long before she started meowing. This time, we were in the living room, so Athena was able to look over and see that same kitten getting adventurous again. I guess when Page goes outside, it gets curious to meet her or something. This time, we just sat back and watched. We have a lovely row of weeds growing on our side of the fence between the patios, and the little kitten was intrepidly making its way through the jungle of stems. It was super cute, and we were like, "You know, you could just go around..."
As we watched this, one of the neighbors came out and started sweeping the patio. Clearly these cats have formed their relationship with the neighbors purely for the food, or they don't like brooms. Either way, they weren't fond enough of this neighbor to stick around...so the mother and the other kitten took refuge in our patio! Awww, we had the whole family! (Except for the dad, who we saw sitting outside their front door when we got home from buying groceries yesterday.) There are two kittens, and the intrepid one is a little more gray like the dad, and the other one looks just like the mom but is apparently also very shy. As soon as it got to our side of the fence, it hid in the shadow of the weeds, right next to the fence. (I'm sorry about the weeds; we had one grow last year and it took us forever to finally say fine, we'll pull it up!, and then this year we had several of them sprout, because as you all know, that's how weeds work. Sometimes I think it would be nice to pull up all the weeds and plant some low-maintenance flowers there, but we so rarely go outside that the thought doesn't occur to me enough to act on it.)
And the mom...didn't really like it in our patio, so she totally bailed. I really don't know what was up with that. Athena said it looked like she thought about coming inside, but since Page was guarding the door, I guess she decided it wasn't worth the potential fight. So maybe she was checking around to see if there was a better refuge for her kittens, knowing it was relatively safe in our patio (we stayed inside and watched through the window). She came back before too long.
But eventually we finished lunch and then it was time to go to church. I'm not sure how Page feels about the neighbor cats, but her tail wasn't puffy like it used to get, so maybe she's open to the idea of making friends. But not too open, because eventually she came inside and started scratching up the couch, which I took to mean, "For goodness sakes, why haven't you closed the door yet!?"
And that is the tale for four kitties.
Today I'm thankful for getting a visit for the neighbor kitties, having a ride to our x-ray appointment on Tuesday, having appointments for temple recommend interviews, the super delicious salted caramel susans they're currently selling at our grocery store, and getting chocolate in church for Mother's Day.