Monday, February 11, 2008

Monday Ramblings....

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.

15 comments:

meggie said...

Thankyou for posting about Ebony. I had noticed the tag on her picture, so it is nice to know the story behind the headline, as they say! LOL.

Tropical Screamer said...

Don't you wish they could tell us about their lives?

I know Tigger wasn't on the street very long before we got him. He still had soft, baby pink pads on his pays.

The woman at the no-kill shelter said he would make a great writer's cat and he has.

He's always with one of us. Although Chuck is his favorite because he gives the best chin scratches.

I always wished I knew how he got separated from his first family. I bet they still miss him.

All the best to you and Ebony. Please pass along a head rub from us.

Darilyn and Tigger who's napping in my lap.

Ila said...

She's so pretty!

I read Kipling's stories to my boys when they were little. Thanks for the memory jog.

Della said...

Such a lovely cat and a cat story too. Thanks for sharing.

paula, the quilter said...

I, too, used to have a cat who would not mingle. He, Buddy, was a shelter cat and we got him when he was about 6 months old. Buddy was a talker with a Siamese voice and I always equated his standoffness to that. I wonder if Ebby has a bit of Siamese in her.

Norma said...

Ebby is female and she just wants to keep you guessing. She knows she is loved and is secure, she just doesn't want you to know that she knows!

She is so beautiful and is so blessed. You are so blessed that you found each other. Can't beat any of that story.

Katie said...

A purrfect story. Does Ebby purr? It is amazing the noises kitties make. Sure glad she has your nice quilts to keep her warm.

Perry said...

I loved Rudyard Kipling's stories. I may have to find the book again and read them again, because I have forgotten. And cats, I miss mine. They have been gone for a long time and sometimes I wish I had another one, but I have too many allergies now. Thanks for sharing your Ebony stories.

Susan said...

I love anything by Kipling, anything at all. And Robert Louis Stevenson, too. I love modern children's literature, as well, but there's nothing like those classics.

Clare said...

It's the superior look they give you when you've done something terrible like stroking them when they are washing a paw or having a nap. I love the way that they know you are watching them. They suddenly stop what they are doing, sit down, wash a paw and then carry on.

If only they could talk!

Ebby is so lucky to have decided to stop at the Chez Flynn station.

julieQ said...

Pretty kitty! You are making great strides with her. I think I told you about resqueing the kittens thrown out a truck window in a gunny sack, right? Those poor babies grew up, and one was so stand-offish...never would "mingle"!

Granny Lyn said...

Rudyard Kipling has a sing-song rhythm to his writings that is so pleasant to listen to, which is probably why his stories never get old??
Ebby is sooooo lucky to have a pet like you who understands her little whims and wants, tee hee
thanks for sharing,
lyn

The Calico Cat said...

she looks completely disgusted

Gee, you could be talking about my Rhapsody. She's not big on the hugging either, but I do it anyway...

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

I always like the saying "Dogs have owners, Cats have staff."
Sounds just about right to me.

Gretchen said...

Hi! I just found your blog and saw your post about Ebony. The audiobook you mentioned, "M is for Magic", the book was written by Neil Gaiman (one of my favorite writers). I am currently owned by 5 cats (3 of which are black).

Great blog and I'll keep reading!