I noticed that Thomas gave you a glimpse of what was going on in My Outdoor Domain yesterday. I guess I should have told My only knight what was happening. The poor guy had a nearly fatal attack of curiosity trying to figure it out. His interpretation was not that far off though. As you could see, I called Brother Henry and Mama Cat to My Outdoor Domain so I could act as a mediator between them.
Brother Henry started off by saying, “Mama Cat, I don’t understand why you always hiss when I get close. I just want to play and/or possibly snuggle with you. I don’t mean any harm…” I thanked Brother Henry for his courage in sharing how he was feeling, and then I asked Mama Cat how she felt about what he had said. She looked directly at Brother Henry, and I could tell right away that things were about to get intense.
Mama said, “Brother Henry, for the first fourteen years of my life, I lived in Limbo. It was a dangerous place filled with dogs, wild animals, cars, and a million other dangers. I had to be on high alert at all times or risk being injured or killed by a threat I didn’t see coming. And among these threats were other kitties that were in the same desperate situation I was in! Do you see my ears? Notice how little pieces are missing? Those pieces were lost to the claws and teeth of other cats. That’s what happened to me when I lowered my guard out there. So I apologize if I am a little, shall we say, stand-offish, but It’s really hard to turn it off after all these years!”
At that moment, Brother Oliver entered My Outdoor Domain. He had no clue what was going on. Mama Cat visibly tensed, and then turned her head away as if she was trying her hardest not to lose her stuff.
Brother Oliver sat down next to Brother Henry and said, “Hey Big H, what’s going on?” Brother Henry said, “Well… the Leader is trying to help me and Mama Cat work out our differences. You seem to have a little less difficulty interacting with her than I do. Would you like to join us?” Brother Oliver looked over at Mama Cat as he pondered Brother Henry’s question.
After a brief pause, Brother Oliver said, “Brother Henry. I prefer to lead by example. I’ll show you how I am able to get along a little bit better with Mama Cat.” Then, once again demonstrating that he is The Brains of The Cult of Otis, Brother Oliver got up and left.
After Brother Oliver left, Mama Cat looked over and said, “He is wise, that one…” This seemed to embarrass Brother Henry a little bit. He looked away as if he felt ashamed.
I decided to wrap things up by saying, “OK Brother Henry. Did you hear what Mama said? She has a lot of baggage from her time in Limbo, so she has trouble controlling her response when she sees you, a 17-pound man cat, approaching her. Can you just back off and give her some space?” Brother Henry said, “I’ll try my hardest Leader Otis… I really will…”
Next I said, “Mama Cat, Brother Henry just wants to be your friend. I know it will take time for you to get used to the idea that you are now safe. Believe Me, I understand. I still have nightmares about My time in the wilderness. But do you think you could at least try to remember that no one here intends to harm you? Can you work on controlling your reactions a little bit?”
Mama Cat said, “I’ll try, Leader Otis, I promise. But sometimes, especially when I feel cornered by Brother Henry, I am overcome with this fear that quickly becomes anger, and then I lash out. I know it’s not rational, but it just seems to happen.” I said, “Hmmmm… I understand, Mama Cat, perhaps we can find some way to help you address that anger, or at least release it in a positive way. I’l think on this and get back to you.”
I adjourned our meeting and Mama Cat headed inside and climbed up to her favorite sleeping spot on Security Outpost Tabby Tower. Brother Henry headed up to Kitty Valhalla for a nap. Of course, he didn’t really get to nap because a certain knight was waiting for him up there. Brother Henry spent most of the afternoon answering a million questions about his meeting with Me and “M’Lady”…
So Sayeth Otis