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!”
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!”
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”.
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!”
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