There is a song by the Talking Heads written in 1980 called Once in a Lifetime. I love this song, not only because it harkens to the nostalgia of my youth but because it has both odd and poignant lyrics. One line goes “you may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?”
I sometimes ask myself this same question within the context of having so many cats. Seems for a long, long time (fifteen years) I had only one cat, Molly, then somehow in the blink of an eye I became a crazy cat lady with FIVE cats! I like to make sure people know I have a dog also, as if this is some kind of normalizing factor and doesn’t just make me look even more of a nutter because it brings the count of animals in my household to six – LOL!!
Anyway you may ask yourself “where is this post going?” I’ll tell you…it is Casper’s birthday today and he is the kitty who started it all. I adopted Casper (much to Molly’s chagrin) from my friend Pauline who was caring for him after he had been abandoned by his owners and needed a forever home. After Casper it was just a hop, skip and a jump to five cats. Of course I wouldn’t have it any other way, all my “kids” are wonderful and bring more joy to my life more than I could possibly say.
So please join me in wishing Casper a very happy 5th birthday. He is a trailblazer, goodwill ambassador, alpha mancat, gentle giant and cuddle bunny all rolled into one fantastic feline!!!