Blame Ollie the cat for today's lighter-than-air post. Once upon a time, back in 2004, he was a winsome baby kitten, still frightened in his new home far away from mom in Philadelphia, but oh so eager to please.
Now, nearly six years later, he has grown into a not-so-tiny tyrant who tolerates no deviation from his personal schedule and desires. Simon's Cat has nothing on Ollie. (Yes, I know – I've posted this video before, maybe even twice, but it perfectly recreates the nightly event at our house that mere words could explain no better.)
There is a reason I keep no baseball bat on the premises. Ollie's substitute – grabbing a hunk of my hair and pulling – is equally compelling, as he proved earlier than ever before on Monday night at 2:30AM.
There was no going back to sleep then but by 7AM, I was so tired, I napped away the rest of Tuesday morning and then scrambled to complete various errands around town in the afternoon.
Now take a look at this more recent animation of Simon's Cat:
It makes me wonder if the video's creator, Simon Tofield, can peak at my life through my webcam. Every morning, after finishing his breakfast, Ollie positions himself for his morning nap under my lamp, having trained me now to keep all my papers and paraphernalia on the left side of my desk to leave room for him.
There you go – Ollie has completely subjugated me to his whims. What about your cat (or dog) - how much do they control you?
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Ernest Leichter: Alexander and Nouriel: Meet Your Ancestors