Monday, March 03, 2008
Thoughts of Spring from One Unworthy of a Cat
Today was to be a day of celebration. With a high of 75! ~ yes, drool on, my northern friends, Kathryn, Alex and I were going to Aldridge Gardens to view a profusion of spring blooms. Around here, the daffodils are smiling from every corner, the yellow forsythia blooms are shouting from dead yards, and even the redbud trees are getting in on the show. I love spring. So I was all set to go. We packed the diaper bags, got the snacks, the double changes of clothes, the kitchen sink, etc. and walked out into the garage. The unfortunate part of the story begins here. Number 1: I told Kathryn we were going to Aldridge. Number 2: Alex's car seat was in the Honda sitting at Nathan's office. Agh!! Back in we trooped. OK, we stomped. I called Nathan up and suggested (kindly, of course) that it was his fault my day was ruined. He convinced me (dadgum him~ he's so very convincing!) that it was my own fault. His sympathy meter was running a little low. So, I laughed when he showed up at noon having forgotten both his wallet and his cellphone. With mutual scorn followed by mutual apologies, our happy home was restored ;o)
THEN... I decided to go out and get a cat. Those who've followed our blog all along may remember that we got a cat last summer to deal with an infestation of voles and moles in our yard. Our landscaping bushes were literally falling over as they chewed the roots out from under them. Well, our lovely cat decided to jump the fence and play with the neighbor's boxer dog, who decided to chase it and break its neck. End of Cat 1.
Now we discover the voles are back. They are sexually mature at like 3 days or something, so they can 'infest' quite quickly. No free-to-good-home cat signs around, so I hit up the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. This is where we discovered a super-disturbing thing about ourselves~ (intone solemnly, please) WE ARE NOT WORTHY OF A CAT! I innocently asked about getting a 'mouser,' an adult cat who will live outside in our fenced in yard. "Oh, we only adopt out animals to homes where they will be FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY." Turns out only indoor situations are approved. For Pete's sake, they would rather euthanize their surplus of felines than take our hard-earned money. Oh, they were sooooo superior and pious. The looks of dismay over the mere suggestion of putting an animal outdoors! They made me feel guilty for even asking. They recommended I check with Animal Control, but they also deemed us unworthy. So! If you know of a free cat who wishes to be placed in the abusive situation of having to catch mice and be petted by two children in a safe fenced-in yard, please let me know.
Posted by Charity at 6:12 PM