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It’s Thomas. I had so much fun this morning that Leader Otis gave me permission to declare today “Super Fun Sunday” ! It all started when I heard an interesting noise in the living room. I snuck in to investigate and found one of the Guardians waving around an artificial bird!
One of the Guardians was waving an artificial bird around in the living room!
I quickly moved, as shadow, under the couch. I popped out on the other side with my eyes on the bird. Brother Henry was watching.
I made a diving grab for the bird, but I came up short. I watched as it slipped away, just outside my grasp.
I heard a voice behind me say, “Nice try Thomas. You almost had it. Let Me show you a little something though.” It was Leader Otis!
Leader Otis said, “First you should just watch the bird to get a sense of how it moves. Stay focused.” Leader Otis let the bird slip away, keeping His eyes on it as it went.
Leader Otis continued, “OK, now that I have a good idea of how the bird is moving, I can try to anticipate its next move.” He rose to his feet and said, “It’s moving away, but it will be coming back, and I will be ready.”
Sure enough, the artificial bird started moving back toward The Leader. As it came nearer, Leader Otis said, “And now we act!” He made a perfect, two paw capture of the bird. It was an impressive feet, especially considering His mobility challenges lately. Leader Otis summed up His lesson saying, “Remember Thomas, watch, anticipate, act. That is how we do it. I learned that Myself from the greatest cathlete I know, Mama Cat.”
The Leader let the bird go and said, “OK Thomas. Now it’s your turn. First though I want to see your pounce. Go ahead and pounce on the bird as it is sitting still.”
I did as asked and pounced on the bird. Leader Otis said, “Good job, Thomas! You have a very powerful pounce! Nice technique too!” I purred.
Next Leader Otis told me that it was time to try what I had learned on a moving target. I moved away from the couch to give myself some room, and I got in a ready stance to indicate to the bird handler that it was time to begin.
I watched the artificial bird as it moved overhead. I anticipated it’s trajectory and then raised my paws as I prepared to act.
The bird swung low and I saw my moment. I pounced and brought it crashing down beneath my mighty paws. Well, they felt mighty in the moment anyway.
Leader Otis shouted, “Yes! Yes Thomas! You’re a natural!” I was so excited to hear this that I purred loudly again. That’a when I decided that today should be Super Fun Sunday! Because it is! Now, if you will excuse me, I have a bird to catch.
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