A Perfect Reflection

When someone tells you it can’t be done it’s more a reflection of their limitations, not yours. (unless they tell you that you can’t turn yourself into a rainbow farting unicorn. Then you can trust that to be bang on.)

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Charley Cat – pastel on paper – 18″ tall x 13″ wide

When I was a kid we had a cat named Louie. He was an ordinary tabby cat and we all loved him. He was one of those perfect cats that let you hold them upside down and cradle them in your arms like a baby. My sister would play with him. I think she loved him most of all and he loved her. They would play for hours and they would play just like cats play with each other. He would maul her arms and give her little bites. We would be amused and somewhat horrified to see her arms bloodied with shallow little scratches.

Now I have two cats. This is one. We call him Charley and he is the perfect reincarnation of Louie. I call him Fatty because he is solid. He wasn’t solid when he showed up at our Tracy farm wild and emaciated. You couldn’t get within 20 feet of him and he would run under the tack shed or into the hay barn. I started putting out food and little by little he would get closer and closer. One day as I put the food in his bowl just under the edge of the tack shed he reached out and scratched my finger. Give it to me! It wasn’t an aggressive move. He didn’t want me to go away. He just wanted his food. To make a long story short, we won him over and his inner Louie quickly came tumbling out.

Now he lays on our bed with his new friend Bella. I want to rename them Shy and Notshy. He’s not shy. Bella is shy. She was a stray just like him. She showed up at the ranch one day and pretty soon we felt it was time for her to become an indoor cat. So we brought her in and the love affair began. She is the best thing that ever happened to Charley. They adore each other. I look at them when they are grooming each other and I think “that’s a perfect reflection of Marty and me!”. Except Marty and I don’t lick each other. That would be gross.

9 thoughts on “A Perfect Reflection

  1. Linda January 30, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    He looks like our late Marmaduke who would rather be with people than lowly cats.

    • Renee-Lucie Benoit January 30, 2016 / 3:55 pm

      Marmaduke. What a great name. What did you call him for short? Marm? Duke?

      • Linda January 30, 2016 / 6:01 pm

        He was just Marmaduke….he thought himself far to classy an act for a nickname. You know I think he was probably the only critter on the place that didn’t get his name shortened or changed.

    • Renee-Lucie Benoit January 30, 2016 / 3:58 pm

      BTW Linda thanks for the inspiration of Notshy and Shy. When I saw that on one of your posts I thought OMG that really fits my cats.

      • Linda January 30, 2016 / 6:02 pm

        Lol…..when we got her, her name was Shiloh……..it never fit and we did call her that sometimes but she just WASN’T shy so she got Notshy.

  2. BeeHappee January 30, 2016 / 2:57 pm

    Awe, most amazing artwork and such a nice story. Thank you for sharing! I love love cats, so this was a treat. 🙂

    • Renee-Lucie Benoit January 30, 2016 / 3:56 pm

      Thank you! I love cats, too and if I can get Shy to hold still I’ll draw her too. A portrait of her would look like a smear at this point. Hey maybe I should do it that way, hmmmm?

  3. Donna February 5, 2016 / 10:01 pm

    It is perfect in every way.

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