I wandered in the garden one morning and found Tiger and Benji apparently at odds.
It was mostly Tiger who needed cheering up.
“Hey Tiger, you handsome boy! How are you doing?”
“Oh I don’t know Sue. I don’t feel very handsome. Did you notice the carcass in the yard?”
“Yes Tiger, I noticed. A mole. Great job!”
“It wasn’t me Sue. Benji caught it. That boy is fast! You should have seen him out here this morning hiding in the lettuce. It was brilliant.”
“He knew just when to strike and brought the beast down without a struggle.”
“That’s great Tiger,’ I replied. “The mole was destroying the garden and needed to go. I’m happy Benji took care of it. So what’s the problem?”
“Don’t you see Sue? I used to be able to do that. Not anymore. Let’s face it. I’m finished.”
“Oh Tiger, you mustn’t think that! You did your part. It’s time to let the boy do the dirty work. Who wants to kill moles anyway? They’re not good for eating.”
“You’re right about that Sue. But I just feel so useless sometimes.”
“You’re not useless Tiger! Your presence alone keeps the varmints away. Honestly, I love seeing you wander in the garden; how you linger and enjoy the moment.”
“You remind me to stop and take time to smell the roses.”
“And to enjoy the bounty of the garden. Did you notice the raspberries are ripening?”
“Yes Sue, I noticed. And how about those strawberries? They really smell good!”
“Indeed they do Tiger! Youth has its place, but if everyone ran around in a frenzy all the time, hunting and wild-eyed, how would it be? There’s got to be some mature felines to provide guidance and wisdom to the young. You’ve got a lot to give.”
“Aw thanks Sue. I could give Benji a few tips alright. I don’t really feel like hunting moles anyway, though I may be up for an occasional vole. Mostly I’d rather be right here where I am, in the garden visiting with you.”
“You and I are more alike then you know, Tiger.”
~ Susanne and Tiger – https://catsandtrailsandgardentales.com/
After years of working in accounting and technology where rules are clear and numbers add up, I decided to explore the other side where roads are meant to be traveled, flowers unfurl slowly and cats have been known to talk. In my blog: https://catsandtrailsandgardentales.com/ you will meet my two favorite felines, Tiger and Benji, and see pictures and stories from my travels in the Pacific Northwest.