With Continual Reference to Justin Kahn.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Wacky Cat Hilarity.

My sister and brother-in-law asked me to cat sit. A lesser man would have been too full of hatred for the animal kingdom, but I was happy to oblige. You never really understand a cat lover until you spend some time with their cats. I don't have any pets so it strikes me as a bit odd to hear others talk with such enthusiasm about their pets.

Over the last few days I have been reminded of G.K. Chesterton's comment that he learned more from watching children than he did from reading any book of philosophy. His comment goes a long way to explaining why we remember him as a good writer, but not a great thinker (with all due respect to Borges who revered the man.)


Slowlly I am becoming reconnected with the animal kingdom. I can say that over the last couple of days, I have learned more about life from watching my sister's cats--jumping and playing and living-- than I have from reading any book by G.K. Chesterton.

11 comments:

Jenn said...

Glad to see you have recovered from the bird debacle. Think of it this way - cats are your friends - they eat birds.

Also, cute cat. I think Quilly's are cuter, but maybe that's just me.

QuillDancer said...

Jenn, thank you! My fuzzy babies adore your praise!

Justin, your cats don't seem very lively. Are you certain they are well?

goldennib said...

Justin, your cats do seem a bit stiff. Have you been lecturing them?

QuillDancer said...

Goldennib -- maybe Justin should read to them from COI -- that should liven them up.

Justin said...

jenn and quilly: Seriously. Talk to me after class. j.

Justin said...

goldennib: Mind You, I have only put one person into such a state. Too bad, for me, it was the dean. j.

Justin said...

Thanks Quilly(2): Where's Jenn, huh? j.

Jenn said...

LOL. I can just imagine Justin lecturing the cat/s on the likes of Chesterton et al. Their rapt expressions quickly followed by catatonia. (Do I mean cat-atonia?)

goldennib said...

Quilly: I don't think even COI will help those kitties.

Jenn: he he.

Justin: Please don't forget they are there and sit on them. You think they're a pain now...

QuillDancer said...

Goldennib, I was humoring Justin.

Anonymous said...

Good to see you are taking the time to pay attention to the cat. I don't know what we would have done if you couldn't have watched that little guy for us. He gets so lonely!By the way Hawaii is awesome!!!