Saturday, May 21, 2016
Hmm. ........ I wrote that opening sentence a couple of weeks ago and then put the post on the bench. Guess I needed to ponder just what I meant when I wrote it. ...............
I seem to recollect a meaningful and thought provoking deep narrative about the special place in my heart I store the notion of kitty litter. Of course by the time I sat down in front of this screen, all I could spit up was that opening line. So I let it simmer, hoping my short term memory would make a brief comeback. While I think I have retrieved some of that original thought, I am sure what will follow will not be quite on it's original target.
I have always enjoyed the company of cats and dogs. So, when I was able to, I invited them into my life and me into theirs. Five dogs since the 1980s and well, I am guessing here, but at least 30 to 40 cats have passed through our doors in that time. The high number of cats, the result of more than a few litters we dealt with as volunteers for a nearby shelter. But at one point there were 9 full timing little bastards running amok in our house and yard.
I figure I have scooped at the least a couple of tons of kitty litter over the years. During that time, I have learned a thing or two about scooping poops.
It is impossible to ignore a litter tray forever. There are other must do chores I can walk around and leave for significant periods of time. Dishes, grass growing in my yard, dirty car,vacuuming, and dusting shelves are a few of the many chores I can ignore with the best of them. Kitty litter however is not one of them, especially in a multi-cat household like ours. Skip a day and immediately the litter is out of control and it can be days before order to the odor is restored.
The must do aspect of kitty litter has a silver lining. Because I cannot ignore it, dealing with it has forced me to include some basic structure to my daily flow. Scooping litter may be mindless, unpleasant work, but it gives me a moment every day to let my mind focus on nothing while my hands go automatic.
Kitty litter is a metaphor for Life. Shit happens in every life. And dealing with it is the only sane thing to do.
Keep it 'tween the ditches ...............................................