As some may be aware, but many not, Chester, my faithful writing assistant, mice catcher, and general pain in the neck, passed away some months ago.
Recently I was running a series based on his adventures, under the title of Past Conversations with my cat.
For those who have not had the chance to read about all of his exploits I will run the series again from Episode 1
These are the memories of our time together…
Chester and the great escape.
It’s like watching that movie, you know the one, with Steve McQueen and the motorcycle?
I accidentally didn’t close the back screen door properly and Chester, a cat with many talents, managed to prise the door open wide enough for him to squeeze through.
And, then there’s that momentary elation of having escaped.
Out into the wide open space, where the air is fresher, the sky is blue, the sun is warmer.
And he is no longer restricted.
Why is he standing just three feet away from the door, on the concrete path? Has he seen a creature he can chase, or worse, torment? Is he savouring that first few moments of freedom, and soaking up the sun’s warm rays on his back?
Or is he waiting to see if I’ll follow, and try to either catch him or bring him back?
He turns, and looks at me, as if to say, well, what are you going to do?
There’s a certain sense of smugness in that look.
I shrug. “Just remember there’s no one out there who will wait on you hand and foot like we do.”
I’m sure that was not what he was expecting.
I open the door wider, and add, “Make up your mind now, because once the door closes, that’s it. You’re out.”
He turned to look back at the great outdoors. I can see the wheels turning. A life of luxury or a life on the run?
I almost caught his tail in the door as it closed. Who said cats weren’t smart?