You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, January 28, 2013

Nine Lives Too Many.......The Cat Comes Back!

I continue rummaging through the past and low and behold what do I find? The stuffed cat that my husband bought my daughter the day she was born.  Honestly I thought that this little kitty had used up all nine lives but I guess it has one more so here goes. On August 3rd, 1980 "said cat" was brought to the hospital by my husband as a gift to  welcome our third child. It was my husband's "thing" to buy each of our children a special stuffed animal to honor the day they were born. Our oldest boy got a huge, and I mean huge, teddy bear, our second boy got a giant gorilla and our daughter got a life size cat. I have to admit when I saw my husband walk through my hospital room door with this furry feline I just about died. (I would have laughed but my stitches were killing me.)  It was as big as my baby girl and it had a scary,  possessed look on it's face. The most disturbing part though was that when you squeezed it, it vibrated and emitted a sickening purr. But never the less the cat came home with us and held it's place of honor in my daughter's bedroom..... until her older brothers got hold of it that is. Of course they played too rough with it and before long the motor broke and the fur became dirty and matted. Even some of the seams gave way spilling out tiny pieces of yellow foam.
Before our very eyes Birthday Kitty became 
Psycho Cat
Our own pets would whimper and growl in it's presence. When small children came to visit they too were scared of it forcing me to hide the cat out of sight. Sick and tired but with every intention of repairing it in time, I tossed it behind the cellar stairs and immediately forgot about it.....Yes, until now that is. 
 In the last few days I have spent endless hours cleaning and brushing out the matted fur. I have sewed together all the open seams.  With just a minor wiring adjustment and fresh batteries I even got the motor running again.  Yes, the blasted thing purrs like new. It is still creepy if you ask me but at least it is
Finally Finished!


Flobee said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this story, Jackie. You started my day with a smile...but then you often do! Thanks for the chuckle and Welcome Back to the Scaredy Cat!

Unknown said...

Aww! You have no idea how awesome that is! I still have my bunny (Hunny Bunny) from when I was a baby. She used to go everywhere with me! She even went to the hospital with me and got her own little bracelet. :) Her stuffing is all distorted and she's a little discolored, but she's still with me!

Jacqueline said...

Thanks so much Brittany this really is so much fun. You my friend are doing sooooo much. I want to get involved in some of it but have time issues. I check out your site lots. Keep up the good work. (when do you sleep?)

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh. This made me laugh until I cried, thanks for the awesome humor :)