My son had a cat named 'Scuba', although we didn't know this name for many years, so we called him 'Cat'. (Note: My son felt that the cat was his, and the name was also his. He was a teen at the time, as if this would explain anything to anyone else, unless they, too, have gone through those hellish years with their own teenage son.)
Being a long hair cat with the teenage boy as his groomer, Scuba developed amazing matted tangles in his soft fur during the winter, when the fur was the longest. That was when the mother in me would start hassling my son to take care of HIS cat; these words were usually ignored until the matting was obviously painful and interfering with poor Scuba's movement.
As the only driver available, I forced my son and his cat Scuba into the car, and drove to the animal groomer we used every winter when this happened. This particular day is the source of the title and the blogger name I have chosen, "The Contemplative Cat".
|Newfoundland with child|
Then Scuba did the strangest thing. Scuba curled up in his familiar position we usually saw when he would sit at the living room window on the back of the couch. He tucked his paws neatly criss-crossed, and with a proud set of his head, Scuba closed his eyes and began a soft but audible purring. He stayed in this composed position even as we left.
Looking back on this Scuba event, I identify with this state of peace in the presence of danger and chaos. Throughout my life when all around me was either a threat or incomprehensible, I have found myself withdrawing from the melee' and going into that quiet contemplative place where my sanity could survive.
I was once told that this "retreat" was the mind's way of surviving a stressful event. Makes sense to me.
Rudyard Kipling wrote "....If you can keep your head, when those around you are losing theirs..." (not an accurate quote, but generally true to the original meaning). I see that now as Scuba and my way of getting through awful times.
Thus, I am "the contemplative cat". Let me know what you think.