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.
look a bit knackered, big man, too hot for ye?
for a walk were ye?
said I, trying to ignore her but failing.
up at me, wheres ye go?
of yer business, I said.
cmon, its a hot day and its boring, give a cat a break,
wheres ye go?
went to see a friend, okay? Just a friend.
just had a baby, okay Now go away and leave me to my cold drink.
seemed to light up, a baby, got any pictures?
pictures. She seemed a bit overly keen.
I took out my phone and showed her the photo I had taken of Allie and
Eden, the baby.
to go dewy-eyed.
shes so beautiful. I just love kittens.
I said shes human so shes a baby.
on her usual hard cat look. Kittens, pups, calves, fawns, chics
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.
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. Anno, 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, Eden is beautiful, right enough.
though, I cant help but feel a bit troubled by my encounter, maybe
Bibs has a point.