and a question *VBS* And an answer *VBS* Are you wondering about the picture of Ebony over on the sidebar? And why I would put the 'cat who would not mingle' below her picture? There is a story about that...*S* I've been a long time fan of the Kipling "Just So" stories. I know they don't have much popularity any more, but they are wonderful to listen to while you are sewing or quilting. I discovered them 'back in the day' when I used to spin. One of my favorites is "The Cat Who Walked Alone". It's a creation story and tells how the animals came to be mankinds helpers and live with us. The cat, of course, has to do it "his way", and that is the charm of that story.The cat manages to get what he wants from the relationship without giving in to anything he doesn't want.A couple of weeks ago, as I sat sewing, I was listening to a book of short stories on CD. I don't remember the author, but the book title was "M is for Magic". The author, a man, read the stories himself...it was quite good, altho a bit bizarre. What caught my attention was a reference to a cat, in one of the stories, and he referred to that cat as "the cat who would not mingle".
I remember hearing those words and thinking "it's perfect for Ebony". She MOST definitely IS "The Cat Who Would Not Mingle". She chooses to set herself apart from the world. She has developed some trust in the year I've had her, but it's not a "given" on any particular day. The element of 'threat' never seems to be completely gone. She never really relaxes, altho she's getting closer. I can't help but wonder what scarred her to this extent, but of course, I'll never know for sure. She wants to be petted and fussed over, but always keeps herself at almost arms lenght. You have to reach to stroke her head. That keeps her safe from you scooping her up to hug. I do it anyway, if I get the chance,LOL, and she looks completely disgusted when I set her back down. She's no worse for wear, but I've disturbed her fur, don't you know? LOL.....defintely...the cat who would not mingle.