Still feeling young...when husband would cringe every time I announced we were going on a rock expedition; him wondering out loud with a disposition soured in two seconds flat...who is this creature he's living with that plucks rocks and boulders along with their children and relatives from where they are happiest, forcing them to set up housekeeping in our gardens; while the neighbors are plucking rocks and boulders out of their gardens and chucking them back into the countryside. Days when a thirty pound rock was still a possibility for me to cart out of the wilds, and a sixty pound rock we both could moan and groan our way back to the tailgate of our vehicle with it.
Surveying construction site for the cream of the crop of unusual appearing chunks of sand not yet eroded; chunks caressed, abused, and bashed by wind and water into misshapen goodies...a yowl of significant magnitude pierced the air and yanked our heads in its direction. It popped out of the jungle of weeds, this handful of white fluff with a mouth attached to its face that opened from ear to ear and barraged us with cries of neediness. Two more fur balls stayed in the safety of weeds, one orange-striped, one siamese-like...only the runt of the lot took a chance and allowed me to scoop it up into the safety of my arms and rush it home to the dungeon, a room full of manly man crap, husband's crammed full of junk workroom...to a life of solitary confinement. (Next morning the other two fur balls were bribed with tuna, grabbed leaving gouges, scratches and a bite to their rescuer, stuffed into carriers, and sent to live with a friend for the remainder of their happy-ever-after lives.)
The battle would begin...good versus evil, sweetness verses mischievousness, top cat versus bottom cat...it became Jesse's obsession to topple Miss Molly from her lofty throne of the feline kingdom. He was the light of my heart, but plummeted to the depths of darkness, becoming a gigantic thorn in my side.
Miss Molly would sleep in the bedroom, on the bed, tucked under the blankets, all cozy and comfy. Bedtime found her buried under covers curled up against my body, and I would leave a little air hole for her as the covers were quite heavy in winter.
Jesse sought her out like a heat seeking missile when I wasn't in site of the room. Spying the lump of Miss Molly under covers, he pounced on it, kicking the hell out of her with his hind feet. A discombobulated feline, Molly would be screeching and trying with all her might to crawl out to save her own life. He eventually evicted her from the bedroom, and she resigned to sleeping in the living room. She got even by beating him to my lap every time I sat down in the living room for the evening...she could make her way onto my lap in 2 seconds flat. Jesse retaliated by trying to lay on top of her on top of my lap.
Anytime Molly changed her sleeping location, Jesse was there to sharpen his claws and shred her furniture. Her furniture was my furniture, so a battle ensued between him and me also, his term of endearment quickly becoming little shithead. Jesse marked her cat pan and stunk up the room; Molly marked his cat pan and everything else her petite rump could reach. Jesse perched on counter top, leaping and landing on her with a thud when she passed by, freaking the bejeezees right out of her. Molly snuck onto the same counter top when alone, and pissed on his bed with all her might. Jesse cornered and bullied her when she tried to eat her meals, Molly later one evening left a double dose pile of shit on his bed. Anytime I heard her screech, the first word out of my mouth was always JEEESSEE!!!
Sweet, lovable, endearing, petite and polite Miss Molly became bad ass bad attitude Miss Molly, the cat the vet clinic soon came to fear with a passion. I told them it was Jesse's doing, and they declared...No Way!...that adorable affectionate sweetheart of a cat...you lie! Fearlessness came with Miss Molly's old age...something snapped...she began to attack Jesse in her dementia state of mind...and Jesse became the underdog in Miss Molly's remaining years. Molly paid him back big time by living out 20 lives instead of the common 9, and spent the remaining of her many years tormenting Jesse whenever he was in range of her paws and claws.
A rogue with style, charisma, and charm; he's king of the feline trio, eating whenever he pleases, and where ever he chooses. If I disagree, I'm pestered to the edge of sanity until I relent; as he's cunningly manipulated me into being his #1 can opener operator slave maid. He's been known to claim Zoe's food as his own, whether it reeks of multiple fishy and powdery additives or is a flavor he utterly detests...if it's Zoe's, it's his 100%.
Drifting in and out of his foggy madness - he's chasing the dickens out of Andee one minute, then vegetating in couch potato mode the next. He's my computer geek buddy, forcing me to align my arms and legs in fifty different work obstructive and comfort destructive positions; allowing my body the pleasure of suffering fifty different focal points of fatiguing pain as he serenely tucks himself onto my lap for the long haul.
His eyes spy my every move as he tries to outguess my next destination, until I ultimately land at his most favorite location at beddie bye time. Curling up tight within the curve of my arm, kneading those tootsies ever so lightly, face emitting a glow of ecstasy in pure contentment, he loves and is loved...my devilish, little sweetheart of a guy.
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