Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Letter

Dear Granma,

How are you? We are fine. We miss you. Well, really, Granma, we really aren't so very fine right now. Something is going on here at home that we want you to know about because we are really upset about it. Mama has brought this THING home.




This THING, whatever it is, makes a lot of noise and mess, and all Mama and Daddy do is pay attention to IT. They hold it and look at it and take pictures of it. Of course, we don't mind if they are interested in their 'puters which we like because the 'puters are interesting and they are warm to sit on. But this THING is taking ALL Mama's attention and time. And it moves and yells and it scares us.


Please tell us what to do. We've tried everything to get Mama to put that THING down and come play with us.


Touchy thought that if we did all our usual cute tricks, Mama would hold us and play with us, so he got up on the piano and posed his cutest, bestest innocent kitty pose. Mama laughed and thought he was funny, but she didn't put that THING away.





So I tried it, too. I sat in the bean bag chair and made my eyes big and sweet and tried to look so calm and sophisticated. But Mama didn't even notice!



Then I tried the look-how-sweet-Hobbes-is-when-he-is-playing-with-the-paper-and-the-bag ploy.

Granma, please tell us what to do to get Mama and Daddy to notice us again! We want our calm, quiet lives back. We want Mama and Daddy to go away every day again and leave us to play find the-milk-powder-box in-the-cupboard and dump-the-plant and shred-the-papers games and then when they get home we can snuggle with Mama and sleep on her side of the bed.
If you could come back to our house and hold the THING for Mama, then maybe she'd play string and ribbon with us again. Oh, and if you come, will you please bring some of that yummy smelling green stuff with you? We love that stuff! It makes us feel so happy! And we really need to feel happy again.



With love and purrs from your grand-kitties,
Hobbes and Touchy

19 comments:

jaeyde said...

i enjoyed this. nice point of view. :)

Elizabeth said...

Yes, it must be rather depressing to be the center of attention one minute and then have to step aside........
What a beautiful boy!

Tracy said...

Oh, how lovely!! And sooo wonderful to see you all--you, baby and kitties :o) Happy Day ((HUGS) Oh, and thank you so much for your sweet email--I owe you one ;o)

Roxie said...

Obviously it is your duty to Hobbes and Touchy to go and hold that thing so their Mom ccan give them more attention. Really, Willow, I don't see how you can get around it.

(The boy in the bunting is too precious for words!)

Robin said...

Oh no, it sounds like Hobbes and Touchy have been demoted to CATS! I'm so sorry - but everyone knew it was going to happen!

And what a lovely baby boy! I'm sure it won't be long and they will all be the best of friends.

artgirlATL said...

Ah... it'll be ok kitty. And soon the thing they brought home will tug on your tail and snuggle your face.
What a beautiful baby.

Bethany Hissong said...

What a precious photo... Grandma and Grandson! :) We experienced this with our cats too! But soon everyone settles into the new family and it's business as usual! (Tell the cats that they're welcome to come out for a visit in PA... we miss having cats around here!!)

nikkipolani said...

Poor kitties. Maybe they'd like a visit with me! They could watch Emmaline perform her acrobatics :-)

ellen b. said...

What a wonderful post Willow! Maybe you should write a children's book!? Love the photo of you holding your grandson...

Sherida said...

LOL! Too cute (the letter and the baby! :))

tina said...

Cute baby---- poor kitties!

Hilarious, it made me smile!

Mama Mia said...

hehehe So true.

Marg said...

Sounds like you are enjoying your little grandson. They are so adorable. Yesterday I picked up my four year old again and I just treasure every moment with him.
I sure understand why we get a second chance.
Congratulations on your high achievement in knitting.
I just finished my second tuke and felt a huge accomplishment of relief.

Knitting Linguist said...

I love it! There's a very funny book along those lines by Madeleine L'Engle, in which the poor family dog is extremely confused as to why the family would want a new one, especially as it hasn't even got a tail. We got it for my older daughter when my younger one came along :)

Love the pictures of you and baby together!

Raindrops to Rainbows said...

I liked this post, ive often wondered what my cat will think if we ever become blessed with a child of our own. I wish i could tell her in cat language that she will ALWAYS be precious to me.
Thanks for the book recommendation, I remember James Herriot after doing the google search - i think i tried to read 'all creatures great and small' when i was about 13 but couldnt get into it. I may try it again though, and annoyingly i actually saw the book yesterday in a charity shop! I have put his name on my 'books to buy' list, so thankyou for recommending him!
And before i go, i have to say that your grandson is just gorgeous (all praise is to God alone), he has a lovely face and skin tone, just GORGEOUS!!!

Barbara said...

Well that was just about the funniest thing I have read in a long time.
Thanks for your lovely comments by the way Grandma.

kate said...

Willow, this was wonderful! Poor kitties don't know what happened to their quiet world. From being the main attention getters in the family to being supplanted by a baby - ah that's tough on the poor cats.

I remember the first night at home with my son. He was howling as we set him in his bassinet. Our two cats went zooming under the couch. All of a sudden, my son stopped in mid-howl. We had to laugh as the cats slowly crept towards the bassinet and peered over the edge. Just as suddenly, BenoƮt started crying again and both cats startled and weren't to be seen for the rest of the night. Their lives were never the same again ...

You look lovely with your grandson. What a little sweetie he is!

Bumpkin Bears said...

oooo poor old Hobbes and Touchy, it must be tough having their pampered cat life turned upside down - please send them big big cuddles. Your baby boy is just precious by the way and completely oblivious of all this cat jealousy ;) Catherine x

Mary said...

Willow,

What an adorable post. I loved the pictures of the kitties and their dialogue, but the most precious is the photo of that woman with the beautiful smile holding that handsome baby boy. You are just going to have to go and hold him so the kitties can have some attention. :-)

Blessings,
Mary