Once upon a time I had a cat named Curtis. I named Curtis after my grandson. That was Kyle’s middle name and the cat was suppose to be his….but that’s another story for another time.
Curtis was a Maine Coon. You probably know that they are usually very large, grey and have the biggest fluffiest tail you’ve ever seen.As a kitten he was a precious fluff ball. No one could resist him! Curtis was certainly the love of the whole family but he was quite mischievous! I was babysitting my grandsons age 5 and 3 at the time and the three of them made a dynamic trio. They got into so much trouble that I started writing a column for the local paper about all of their antics. For example:
“I’ve noticed that when it snows that “Missy” puts out bird seeds. I really enjoy sitting on the back of the sofa twitching my cheeks at those bouncy creatures outside the window. At that moment I’m a large jungle tiger stalking through the tall grasses of the Serengeti about to chase down some unsuspecting wildebeest. All of a sudden from behind I hear a loud roar as Kyle runs through the den swinging a towel in my direction. I jump across the sofa and dive under a near by chair to escape the flying pterodactyl! “Stop running through the house!” “Missy” yells. And just when things were getting interesting!
I hope you won’t mind my writing to you on occasion. I’ve become quite fascinated with “Missy” ’s computer and it gives me such a chance at self-expression! I think “Missy” knows that I’ve been rather curious about her computer but I don’t think she knows that I’ve figured out how to use it. You won’t tell her will you?
I think it’s time for me to curl up in my favorite paper grocery bag and take a nap. Until next time…..Love and purr, Curtis”
To be continued….The Adventures of a Writer.
Peggy Newcomb is a retired chemistry teacher, an artist, poet and writer. She is the wife of John Newcomb: author of the book: A Bunch of Plumbers in which he tells of his experiences working on the Lunar Orbiter and the Viking Projects, written for those of us (who like stories) and who don’t have engineering degrees!