Bibs the Cat
5. the Baby
I had just been for the longest walk since lockdown, there and back was 4 miles with a stop for shopping on the way home.
Sitting with a cold beer in the hot sun in the garden, Bibs suddenly appeared beside me.
you look a bit knackered, big man, too hot for ye?
Aye, a bit.
Oot for a walk were ye?
Aye, said I, trying to ignore her but failing.
She looked up at me, wheres ye go?
None of yer business, I said.
Och, cmon, its a hot day and its boring, give a cat a break, wheres ye go?
Ah went to see a friend, okay? Just a friend.
Shes just had a baby, okay Now go away and leave me to my cold drink.
Her eyes seemed to light up, a baby, got any pictures?
Eh? I said.
Photies, pictures. She seemed a bit overly keen.
Why? I asked
Aw, showz them.
Aw, gaunae, please?
I took out my phone and showed her the photo I had taken of Allie and Edie, the baby.
Bibs seemed to go dewy-eyed.
Aw, shes so beautiful. I just love kittens.
Well, I said shes human so shes a baby.
Bibs took on her usual hard cat look. Kittens, pups, calves, fawns, chics babies theyre all gifts to the world, said Bibs. You who-mans, you just dont know how privileged you are. The rest of us wait for you all to do the right thing and, even at times like this when you do, she pointed to the photo, you can still forget your role in life, all of life. She looked at the photo again. Ah, so beautiful that woman there, she is a real mother, yknow, Ah can tell.
Yeh, I said, I know she is.
Bibs leapt up onto the fence above me, you who-mans, you need to remember where you truly belong you need to honour the mothers. She stared right through me. Ahm just a cat telling you this, big man, but Ah know things, and that is important to all of us,. She jumped down on the other side and was gone.
Jeez, I thought, that was intense. I looked at the photo again and smiled. Yep, Edie is beautiful, right enough.
Gotta say, though, I cant help but feel a bit troubled by my encounter, maybe Bibs has a point.
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