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The Simple Lessons of a Cat's Life

By: Tichakorn Hill

Date Posted: 2000-04-01

Amidst the confusing hurlyburly of a money-oriented world, where people are unconsciously forced to live an "unfriendly" culture, my cat, Teli, has taught me how to live a "cat's life." Teli's lifestyle greatly impresses me. She lives her life in accordance with her desires and wishes. In fact, she lives a rich life without even spending a dime. Teli has her own culture: she yawns like she means it; she stretches like she means it; and she even uses her hand when eating (who cares how other cats eat their food?). Teli doesn't need the modern world's "culture" to live her life. She doesn't need a Porche to make her look cool. She doesn't need fashion guidance from Cosmopolitan to make her look fashionable. She doesn't need to watch Ally McBeal to realize that she's very fat compared with Ally. Even though she might be a little bit overweight, Teli doesn't care what she looks like. I have never heard her complaining about her big fat tummy even once. Teli's not afraid of aging. No cosmetics company marketer can get even a single penny out of her pocket. What makes her look so young all the time is her attitude; she is always curious about the world around her. Teli loves to sit by the window and look at the trees, bird, flowers, grass, dogs, insects, or airplanes passing by. I think the only thing that matters to her is the chance to admire nature. She gets upset every time I refuse to let her out. When outside, Teli takes time to smell the wind. She loves sunbathing. She enjoys our front yard garden. She can spend hours just sitting among the plants and flowers. How many people on Wall Street have the luxury to admire their gardens? Teli is a very independent cat. Nothing in the world seems to matter to her (except for the front yard garden!). Any time of the day, she will sit quietly, even when the house is filled with all kinds of noises, be it noises from TV, radio, or kids playing. She always finds a new favorite place to sit or sleep and doesn't care about the rest of the world. Teli is a loving cat. She always makes me feel special when she follows me around the house and meows even when she's not hungry. She's also a good friend of mine who keeps me company when I'm alone, and a good listener who never complains or judges me when I talk to her about anything. When I feed her, she looks at me and meows as if she is saying, "thank you." Teli is very clean. She cleans herself many times a day. I don't have to tell her to take a bath even once. She is good at maintaining her bright spotless hair. Teli is also kind and forgiving. If I accidentally step on her tail or forget to feed her, she doesn't even try to take revenge. "Forgive and Forget" is her motto. Teli doesn't care about her past mistakes or what others may think about them. She, instead, determines to reach her goal, no matter how high it is. When she jumps from one place to the other, but misses the target and falls down, she doesn't care if I am watching or giggling. She amazes me when she tries again and succeeds. Even the next day, when I try to bring up her embarrassing moment, she just ignores me and acts like nothing happened. What an independent cat! Considering all these qualifications, how many people do you think can be a cat?

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