Disciples of Otis,
Brother Oliver here.
This morning, as I was attempting to nap on the couch, I overheard a conversation between Sir Thomas and Brother Henry. They were both up on top of Super Outpost Tabby Tower because Sir Thomas had asked Brother Henry if they could run some Long-feared (Wiener) Dog Uprising readiness drills. Apparently, once they got up there Brother Henry was no longer in the mood. I heard him say, “It’s not that I think these LFDU drills are a bad idea, Sir Thomas…” at which point Sir Thomas interjected, “You mean LFWDU…”. Brother Henry ignored Thomas’s comment and continued, “… but I’m just not in the mood. I thought I could power through, but I’m just really grumpy today. Plus, I’m still sad about the anniversary of losing Leader Otis, and we have another sad anniversary on the way… I just don’t know if I can do this.”
Sir Thomas said, “Brother Henry, I know how you feel. I’ve been feeling sad too. I’ve also been a little grumpy, mostly with myself, because I am still struggling with my inner demons from my time in The Shadows. But you know what? I’m not ready to give up. We still need to be vigilant and be as prepared as we can be for The Uprising! It’s what Leader Otis would have wanted us to do. I think you just need a little attitude adjustment and I know just the thing that will help make you feel better. Look at me. Here’s what I do when I feel sad, frustrated, or angry. It makes me feel better every time.” Brother Henry turned to look, and Thomas showed him how he makes himself feel better.
Brother Henry said, “Kitty Kissy Eyes? That’s your secret? I don’t understand. I only do Kitty Kissy Eyes when I feel really good and want to tell the Guardians or someone else that I love them. It seems really silly to do it when I am feeling the opposite of good. I just… I’m not going to do that.”
Sir Thomas said, “Brother Henry, what have you got to lose? You already feel unhappy. You can just sit there being unhappy or you can give something else a try. You never know, it might actually work! And if it doesn’t? Well, so what if it doesn’t? I don’t see how you could lose anything by trying.” Brother Henry said, “If it doesn’t work, then I can be grumpy at you for making me try something so silly!”, to which Thomas replied, “Deal. Now try it please!” Brother Henry complied.
After Brother Henry opened his eyes from the slow blink, Sir Thomas asked, “Well? How do you feel?” After a brief pause, Brother Henry’s eyes narrowed, and a slight grin appeared on his face. He said, “I kinda feel awesome.”
Sir Thomas said, “See! I told you! Now can we run our readiness drills?” Brother Henry said, “Yes! Let’s proceed!”, and then, turning to Thomas and giving him a slow blink, he said, “I love you man!” Sir Thomas returned the blink and said, “Right back at you Brother!” They then began running their drill and I left the room to find a quieter nap spot. As I settled into a cat bed downstairs, I felt a little grumpy with Brother Henry and Sir Thomas for being so loud that I had to move. I forgave them though after trying the grumpiness coping technique I had just overheard Thomas teach Brother Henry. The last thought I had before falling asleep was, “I love those guys!”