The Kitten

Most of the summer my kids begged for a kitten.
Every time there was a kitten on TV: “Can we get a kitten? Please, please, pleeeeeaaaaassssseee!”
Every time there were kittens in the pet store: “Can we get a kitten? Please, please, pleeeeeaaaaassssseee!”
College Boy even got into the act, looking for the Humane Society kittens online then showing me the cutest ones: “Isn’t he cuuuuuute? I’ll take him with me when I move out… you know you want one… Pleeeeeaaaaassssseee?”

I remained unmoved.

Then along came Cowboy. Cowboy is Princess’s boyfriend. Cowboy hates cats. Actually I think Cowboy is afraid of cats. Whenever one of our cats sneaks up on him he jumps a mile and shies away from it, all the while trying to look casual. I think it’s hilarious but I try not to tease him toooo much about it. That wouldn’t be nice, and I’m always nice. OK, I’m not always nice, but I feel the same way about dogs as he does about cats so I try to be nice.

Anyway, it was Z-Man’s fourth birthday and Cowboy came over to celebrate with us. I was in the kitchen, busy with something when Princess came up to me with a tiny ball of orange fluff in her arms. “Look what Cowboy brought me!” she exclaimed, nuzzling the fluff. It was one of the tiniest kittens I had ever seen, and it was orange. I don’t like orange. I don’t like orange cats. I’ve always said we’d never have an orange cat. Even tiny fluffy orange kittens. Cowboy stood next to Princess, “We have a lot of kittens at work; people just drop them off when they don’t want them.” Cowboy works in a feed mill in the country, apparently a good place to drop off kittens.

“Can I keep him? Please Mommy?” Princess begged with big brown eyes. Cowboy knew I’d been saying we didn’t need another cat. “I can take him back” he offered. I looked at Cowboy’s earnest brown eyes which softened when he looked at Princess. I looked at Princess still nuzzling the kitten. “Yes, you can keep him.” I said. What else could a mama do?

I have to admit, he’s pretty cute… even if he is orange.

buddy sleeping

Amy Sue


  1. Very, very cute! I now have 1..2….5 cats and have said No More Kitties but they have a habit of just turning up… and it’s impossible to turn a pretty furry face away! Have fun with your latest edition, and think ginger not orange 😉

  2. Good idea, Emily! Actually I prefer to call him “butterscotch” cuz he’s gotten more tan as he’s gotten older. 🙂

  3. We think plastic bag can be a past for all the US cities soon. We would Obama administration will stop all the grocery stores or any stores to use plastic bags. Please send an email to your local representatives and tell them that we don’t want to use any plastic bags. Eco or green bags is the way to go in the future. This for our current and future generation benefits.

    • I think it would be great if Americans would get in the habit of bringing their own bags when shopping instead of relying on stores to supply them. It’s not that hard, it just takes a little thought and planning.

      Little by little hopefully we’ll get there!

      ~Amy Sue

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