Interesting Evening

  • Jun. 23rd, 2008 at 10:46 PM

So, I spent today being in a lot of pain from the stupid sunburn I got. I worked for about 3 hours, and am taking the other 5 as sick time.
I tried to sit down and work tonight, but the doorbell rang. It was our neighbor to the right, whom we love. We could not have asked for better neighbors. Awesome people. She brought us peaches from her tree. Yay!
I went back upstairs and tried to right about the program UI tours, and the doorbell rang again. Back down the stairs I went.
I opened the door, and it was our other neighbors’ oldest son. Our neighbors to the left are Arab Muslims. They have 8 children, I think. The oldest son is in his 20s and lives elsewhere, but is around a lot. The oldest daughter is married and in Saudi Arabia. The rest of the kids range from 4 months to 10 years. The two youngest girls, 4 and 6, love Jack. They play with him all the time, and Jack calls them his friends, as in, “Let see if my friends are owside.”
Well, tonight, the oldest son was holding this…

Of course, it wasn’t standing on my keyboard at the time we were introduced, but I don’t usually bring my camera to the front door.
The guy was holding this tiny kitten. Turns out, he got the kitten from his cousin with the intention of giving it to his siblings. His two brothers love cats, but the two little girls are afraid of them. The mother also doesn’t want a cat, and may be afraid of them too. (Is this perchance a cultural thing?) Anyway, the guy said, “I figured you have so many cats, maybe you’d like another one?”
At this point in time, Max was giving Jack a bath. Our neighbors to the right were helping themselves to our leftover sod (that’s another story). Those neighbors have several outdoor and indoor cats, as well as 6 dogs. So, when Mrs. Q saw the guy at our house with a kitten, she came right over.
Jack heard me talking to Mrs. Q (whom he calls Nee-Nee) and demanded to be taken downstairs. Not knowing what was happening, Max thought it would be OK. Jack saw the kitten, whom I was holding, and said, “That my cat?”
We are now fostering the cat until the neighbor girls can get over their fears. And they convince their mother that it’s OK to have a cat. This cat is a girl, and is somewhere between 4 and 8 weeks old, as far as we can tell.
How did that happen? I really don’t know. I thought that as soon as I said the word “foster” Max (nppyinzer) would say “No. Absolutely not.” But he didn’t. No, he said something along the lines of “That’s a good idea.” Huh? The brother with the cat said, “If you guys don’t take it, I’ll just bring it home and put it in the backyard until it gets bigger.” Max said, “At this size, you don’t want to do that, because we have raccoons on the loose.” And we do, which is why we keep our outdoor cat indoors at night.
The oldest brother had clearly never owned a cat. He handed me a box of Kit n Kaboodle and a can of Friskies, both for adult cats. Fortunately, Mrs. Q had some kitten milk on hand.
So, the crowd – consisting of 6 to-the-left neighbors, 3 to-the-right neighbors, Max, Jack, and I, dispersed. Max actually said that the kitten could come in to read a story with Jack. I grabbed one of the baskets that I bought our cats for Christmas, and put some blankets and a cloth diaper in it. I got kitty cat some food and kitten milk.
Kitty cat, as you can tell from the picture, wasted no time before exploring her new surroundings. She climbed up onto my office chair, keyboard, and desk, and typed her first sentence: ssssssssssssss
When Max came in, she climbed up his legs and onto his shoulder, to get closer to the ceiling fan and its dangly bits.

The last time we had a kitten was November 2004, when we adopted Giles from a local rescue group. He died in February 2005 of FIP. He was 10 months old. Max and I both took it very, very hard. I was sure Max wouldn’t let us even foster this kitten, but I guess he wants to make sure it’s OK.  Getting Jack to understand that the kitty belongs to his friends…  that should be fun.
For the record, kitty cat is sleeping on the top of the mattress that is leaned up against my office wall.

  • Current Location:home, Antioch, CA
  • Current Mood: blah blah
  • Current Music:”Go”, Indigo Girls


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Jun. 24th, 2008 10:10 am (UTC)Awwwww so cute

Jun. 24th, 2008 11:32 am (UTC)It’s been about 12 years since we’ve had a kitten in the house. I miss that phase because they are just too darn adorable. This one especially.

Jun. 24th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)oh how cute… I want another cat…I wish someone would show up at my door with a cute little kitten…

Jun. 24th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)Oh my gosh she is SO cute!! I miss having kittens around

Jun. 24th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)Oh my goodness, I’m SO jealous! I love kittens. We haven’t had one since we got Vector, which was 7 years ago, since Little Miss was about a year old when she showed up and begged her way into the house. 🙂 But the new house has bunnies in the yard, which is fun.

Jun. 24th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)AAAAA cute!! I thought the keyboard picture was cute, but I love the “Kitten vs. Mt. Max” series. 🙂

Jun. 28th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)Max ain’t made of stone. Look how cute she is! Maybe give her an Arabic name?

So cute! Gah.

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