When we go out to dinner I bring along a stack of cards printed with thought provoking questions on them. While we wait for our dinner I begin the game by asking the first question and we take turns trying to impress eachother with either the most original answer or the most humorous. This question was “What superhero would you like to be?” With relief I can report none of the boys wanted to be bad guys, they have finally grown out of that stage. Craig identified with Mr. Incredible. He won the prize for most humorous response. Jack is speedy with his talking so he’d like to match that speed with his legs and therefore chose to be “Dash”. (from the Incredibles movie) Kevin wanted to be Batman and Jordan the Green Lantern. For me it was a toss up. In my fantasy I’m Wonderwoman, but Craig was quick to assure me I couldn’t pull that one off. For practical reasons I would love to be Elastigirl from the Incredibles because with so many children it would be good to just stretch out an arm and fetch the one I needed. But the truth is I am catwoman and there’s no way to wiggle out of it. When I said “Catwoman” to the boys at the table they all began to nod their heads with a faraway look in their eyes that sometimes happens when a truth is realized.
Having a cat in our household has revealed some truths about girls that the boys and men around here cannot deny. As Robert Heinlein said, “Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”
I quote Kevin now from an essay he wrote for English, ” I should give some background on my mother. She is a traveller, bound to go places she has always dreamed of and you surely wouldn’t guess it by looking at her, because she’s a leprechaun. Along with fiery red hair and tiny stature, though well over two feet tall, she’s got a personality with its own way of doing things.”
I think if we examined some of the observations we’ve made about our cat, Coco, some of the same things could be said about her. Hmmm…