Thursday, January 29, 2009
Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop - The Stray Cat
The prompt I chose at Mama Kat's was "Tell us about a stray animal you took in.
This little guy, not so little anymore, he's named Lucky. His name is apropos since he survived some extenuating circumstances.
One day on the way to summer school this car flew down our road in a hurry to get somewhere. Where is unimportant, what is important is that I saw this little black fur ball come rolling out from underneath the car that just passed. He didn't get under the tires for he would have been road kill. Fortunately he got under the car and was tossed to the ditch across the road from my house. I saw him get tossed, but was unable to stop due to the time constraints for the start of summer school.
I came home, not really thinking about the cat again. As it turns out he has quite a loud meow. My sister-in-law, Julia, heard him one night and ignored it. Then she heard him again a second night. Well she went to investigate. She crossed the road to see if she could see the cat making the noise. As she got closer the cat became very quiet, she couldn't see him so she went home. Well Julia decided to go back the next morning to investigate a little more. Amazingly enough the kitten was still there. Poor guy, he was blown across the road by a car, and lived in a drainage ditch for 2 days and 2 nights and survived.
At this point Julia didn't know what I had seen and I didn't know about the rogue kitty from the ditch. So when I returned home, now 3 days later, from dropping the boys off at summer school I see a little black kitten on her porch it is my turn to investigate. I go to Julia's house to see this black fur ball. She is watching him eat, he is very skinny and very young. When he is done she picks him up to give him some love. He is loving the attention. She tells me her story and shows me that he is mildly hurt.....he has road rash. I took one look at him and knew that he was the little black fur ball that was rolling across the road. Before I told Julia what I saw she said that she named the kitten "Lucky", for two reasons......he is black and he survived in the drainage ditch for 2 days and 2 nights. His name is also Lucky for another reason, he escaped the speeding car with 8 of his lives. As far as I am concerned he is a lucky cat and he has used up one of his lives with the car. Lucky is a lucky cat.
I have to say that he escaped moving out too, Julia had a place all lined up for him at a horse facility in order to help keep the mice at bay, but it didn't happen. Fortunately for Lucky the kids fell in love with him as did Julia and I, so we decided to keep him.