Learning From The Master Part V: Practicing What We Have Learned

My Disciples,

When Brother Oliver left off yesterday, both of The Brothers and Thomas had just headed inside to the living room to practice what Mama Cat had taught them. I’m in no condition yet to participate in cathletic exercises, but I followed them into the living room to observe. At first, it was a little bit embarrassing to watch, actually. All three cats lined up in the living room as the bird handler started doing her thing. On the first pass of the bird, Brother Henry and Thomas did a good job of following Mama Cat’s rules by focusing their attention and just watching it. Brother Oliver though jumped to his feet and shouted, “I’M READY TO ACT!”

Henry, Oliver, Thomas practicing 1

Brother Henry and Thomas got off to a good start, but Brother Oliver wanted to jump straight to act.

Brother Henry chastised Brother Oliver, saying, “No, no, no, Brother Oliver! First we watch…”, Brother Henry suddenly propelled himself forward and completed his sentence with, “… then we ACT!”

Henry, Oliver, Thomas practicing 2

Brother Henry chastised Brother Oliver, but then made a mistake himself.

Brother Henry missed the bird by a mile, and Brother Oliver snickered a little. Thomas, who had been keeping his eye on the bird the whole time, said, “You’re both wrong! We watch… anticipate… and only then do we…”, Thomas launched himself forward in a perfect Power Pounce. He pinned the artificial bird with his paws and then said softly, “… act”.

Henry, Oliver, Thomas practicing 3

Thomas showed The Brothers how it is done.

Upon seeing Thomas’s impressive display, both of The Brothers said, “WHOOOOOOOOOA!” in unison. After a few moments of silence, Brother Henry said, “Very impressive Thomas, but watch this.” He then awkwardly launched himself upward with a cry of “Flying Squirrel!”

Henry's Flying Squirrel

Brother Henry tried to do a Flying Squirrel. It wasn’t very impressive.

As Brother Henry landed, Brother Oliver and Thomas both burst out laughing. Sheepishly, Brother Henry joined them. When the laughter died down, Thomas said, “Good effort Brother Henry, but I think Mama Cat was right when she said we should learn to walk before we fly. Shall we get back to working on the basics now?” Both Brothers Henry and Oliver agreed with Thomas, and the three of them spent the rest of the training session watching, anticipating, and acting. I can’t say that I expect them to reach Mama Cat’s level of cathletic prowess, but I definitely saw them getting better, especially Thomas. That little kitty has some definite potential! Who knows, maybe he will be our next Catlympic champion. Only time will tell.

So Sayeth Otis

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11 responses to “Learning From The Master Part V: Practicing What We Have Learned

  1. Henry, your flying squirrel made my day!
    No need to be ashamed, we all blunder now and then.

  2. One day I hope Leader O will also be able to watch, anticipate and act in pursuit of the bird…paw pats, Savannah

  3. emilykarn

    Keep practicing, you will improve. Bandit, Selleck, and Their Person, Emily.

  4. mistletoeandhitch

    Way to pay attention, Thomas! I’m sure Mama Cat will be proud of all 3 of you.
    Mistletoe & Hitch

  5. Linda Koch

    Sweet, handsome Thomas is so smart!! I’m so happy to see how well he’s doing given his early days in the wild! Was a wonderful counselor he’ll be for The Leader.

  6. You can tell Thomas is a young kitty, eager to learn and play! Not that I’m calling the brothers old or anything… Just not as young as Thomas.
    Otis, I hope there comes a day when you can play again! Hugs and smooches!

  7. Heather

    That was awesome, Thomas! I bet you’ll be Mama Cat’s prized student.

    I hope you get to feeling better, Leader O! I know it was rough to sit out of the practice session, but you’ve displayed courage and humbleness by cheering the others on and lending your support.

  8. Practice will make purrfect….and it will be lots of fun!

  9. Glad they are getting the practice time. Good luck to brother thomas.

  10. All of ya kittehz iz so handsum n playfull n me n Mum enjoyed da pix n we hope yer all doin well.
    Lub Nylablue n SherriEllen xo

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