After spending most of yesterday totally not freaking out, I’m ashamed to admit that maybe I really did start to freak out… just a little bit. I was up in Kitty Valhalla hiding from the Guard…errr… I mean, just seeking some peace and quiet. I was trying to take a nap on a nice comfy blanket, but My mind kept returning to My pending Hipsterectomy.
I was trying to nap in Kitty Valhalla, but My mind kept thinking about My surgery.
I suddenly felt an overwhelming surge of anxiety, and I just started yelling.
I was overcome with anxiety and started yelling to release some tension.
As I was yelling, I heard a voice say, “Ummmmm… Mr. Otis? Could you please not do that?” I stopped immediately and looked over toward the cubby holes by the window. Thomas was peeking out at Me with a slightly annoyed look on his face.
Thomas did not appreciate My yelling. He asked Me to stop.
I apologized to Thomas and told Him that I was just trying to let out some tension. He said, “I understand, but Kitty Valhalla is the only place in the house that I feel completely at ease. Your yelling is making me feel like trying to climb the walls like I did after I first came inside. Why are you so tense anyway?” While he was talking, Thomas jumped up on top of the bench in front of the window. I joined him there.
Thomas jumped up on the bench in front of the window and I joined him there.
I told Thomas about My leg and My pending Hipsterectomy. I told Him that it was freaking Me out because I had to go to The Bad Place, and that I probably wouldn’t survive. He listened closely and when I was through he said, “You think you’re not going to be able to survive a night at The Bad Place? Hmmmm… I doubt it.” I asked him why he doubted it and he said, “Well, I understand that you, like me, started out in life living alone in the wilderness. Is that correct?” I told him that it was, that My parents were two feral cats. He continued, “I know it’s been a long time since you were out there, but don’t you remember what it was like? It was only a few months ago for me, and I remember it clearly. Every day I faced danger far greater than a trip to The Bad Place, and every day I was gripped by fear far greater than what you are feeling right now. Wasn’t it the same for you?”
I thought for a moment and then shuddered, remembering. I said, “Yes Thomas. It was the same for Me. For almost a year I was surrounded by constant danger, gripped by constant fear and always longing for a better life. Then I found the Guardians”. “Yes…”, Thomas said, “… so you made it through a whole year of being more scared than you are right now. Don’t you think you’ll survive for a day or two at The Bad Place?” I had to admit, the kid was making sense. We sat quietly for a moment and then I got up. I apologized to Thomas for making him nervous earlier by yelling, and then I went downstairs to seek a place where I could truly find some comfort.
After speaking with Thomas, I went downstairs to a place that truly gives Me comfort.
Although I am still afraid, I think I am ready to face what is before Me. Until it is time to go though, I’m going to sit right here, in the safest place I know… on the couch in between the Guardians. I don’t know when I will next get the chance to address you, My Disciples, but when I do, I hope My Hipster days will be a thing of the past.
So Sayeth Otis
Cult of Otis shirts, posters, mugs, stickers and more!