A kitty manual.
At the end of May I was getting off a very very busy freeway onto a very very busy intersection in a lane I don’t normally go in and quickly glanced to my right where at the bend of this intersection near a gutter and a gas station was a baby kitten who looked like a black mouse, on the street meowing for help. It took several tries, a wonderful passerby man , food and extreme prayers this kitten wouldn’t dash onto the freeway but eventually after biting the crap out of my and the passerby’s hand, I carried him to my home. He was filthy and skin and bones. He had the most foul bout of diarrhea and he was terrified. Or I should say she because I thought he was a baby girl for the longest. Anyway After about an hour of terrible fear, he relaxed and would not get off my chest for days. Mind you I have asthma and am extremely allergic to cats but I just couldn’t put him through anymore fear so, he made my home his own.
Welcome home Toothless the dragon. Chewie will have to warm up to you.
All of this intro is to get into a deep thought I had during these weeks I was trying to figure out how to care for a kitten. I apparently knew nothing about cats. ZERO. Who would have known that cats and dogs are super different? I for sure had no idea. I spent days reading everything I could about kittens. Especially reading pages on pages on how on earth I could cure the worst diarrhea ever bestowed upon any living thing. In fear that Toothless would dehydrate and die on me, or that the stench would rot my brain and I would end up dying.
I searched and read everything. Particularly I read a handbook titled ” A Kitty Manual”. This manual explained in detail sleeping habits, eating habits, playing habits etc.. Most intriguing to me , It told me how kittens behave when you do certain things. How their tail moves when they’re annoyed, what they are feeling when they purr intensely. It told me what reactions to watch for when Toothless is playing, running around, on blankets, around food and what he feels when he jumps up on me and pushes his nose against mine. It was like reading a journal Toothless had written me on how to deal with his personality. Amazing.
So naturally I started to ponder about life in general and had a clear and what I think, genius idea (I’m sure no ones ever thought of this before..).
What if all of us created our own manuals.
A clear description of how we behave at any moment with anything from what different kinds of personalities affect us and how they affect us. What certain foods do to us and what triggers our childish behaviors and irrational tantrums. What ignites our passion and why, what exactly do we feel when that happens? What kind of lighting do we like. How we react when we are annoyed or in extreme comfort and pleasure. What ticks do we have have such as in twirling our hair, tapping our feet, biting our nails, biting our lips, cracking our finger knuckles, toe knuckles and how does all that make us feel. Is it triggered, is it habit?
All of these questions we should know about ourselves. What if we wrote down our own manual and maybe had the nerve to share it with someone. It sure as hell would make dating a lot easier don’t you think?!
Yes as time goes on you’d have to edit and rewrite a few things but how cool would it be to compare our manuals every year from now on and witness our growth!
So I decided I would work really hard on mine and post it on my blog.
A Charly manual.
I will probably write it a thousand times and debate pressing “Post” for several days but I will do it.
I hope you do it too and share it with me. All in the name of courage and love. Remember you yourself always have to be your biggest fan.
Charly, Chewie and now Toothless.
P.s- I know the title sounds a little inappropriate