WORDPRESS WEDNESDAY-AUTHOR’S CORNER: Cats by Phyllis Staton Campbell

To me, they’re wonderful creatures, cats. That said, I find it often true, that one either admires cats, or finds little to admire. We often hear people debating, which is the most intelligent, cats or dogs. Where I have no scientific figures, if such a thing exists, I feel they’re probably about the same. The thing is that often one loves cats, and others wish they’d go away forever.

Is there such a thing as a normal cat? Good grief no! Of course, to me this is the delightful thing about cats. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing more endearing than a faithful dog, who loves you no matter what. These God’s precious gifts have been an important part of my life. Now, cats? What can I say. A dog will do anything to please its owner, where a cat, will do anything to please its self, and this individuality is the thing that makes them interesting. Have I liked every cat, I’ve ever seen? Absolutely not, but then, I’ll freely say that I haven’t liked every person I’ve ever met. I’ve loved persons as God’s creation, made in His own image, but have to say that I haven’t particularly liked spending time with some of them.

Perhaps it says something about me, that some of my cats have been, well, rather strange. I think that the strangest was Miss Muffet. Don’t get me wrong, she was a loving cat, but she kept me right on the end of trouble.

There’s no doubt in my mind that she knew those who were blind, and those who could see. It was a lesson she had to learn. Both my sister and I were blind, and we lived together. It took a whack with a paper, from a neighbor to teach her the difference.

Cats love to hide and watch their owners look for them. This is an especially good game for cats owned by blind people. Cat, can sit right in sight of the sighted world, but oblivious to the blind. Miss Muffet had a wonderful variation on this game. Our landlord, who lived right up the street was also blind. Miss M. would sit quietly on his porch, watching for him to come out to check his mail.
Through the door, she would fly, but hey, there’s no fun in hiding, unless the person knows you’re hiding! Just as she got through the door, she would tap him with the tip of her tail, and to quote him, “She’d run like a turk.” Poor thing seldom caught her, and the fun would come to an end with a phone call to me to “Come get that cat!”

I’d play the game for a bit, and pretend I wasn’t interested, and out she’d come. I’d take her on my lap, and what followed would be a wonderful hour of conversation. He would tell me about the days he spent at the school for the blind, and through it all would weave his wisdom and faith. What a wonderful legacy he gave me. He and Miss Muffet both are gone from this earth, but I often find myself wondering what I will leave to those who will follow.

Did that meddlesome little cat know the pleasure she brought on those days? Who knows, but it always amazed us how she knew just when the mail would be delivered.

You can read more about Miss Muffet and my other critters in “Friendships in the Dark” available from Amazon, and soon to be released in digital, hardcover and softcover by Goldtouch Press.

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http://www.amazon.com/author/psc-books-all

 

About Patty L. Fletcher

About Patty October 2021 Patty and her guide dog Blue. Patty has her hair tied back in a low ponytail and rests her right hand on Blue's head. She wears a white shirt with a pink and purple butterfly on the front and light blue shorts. Blue is a handsome black lab. He wears a brown leather harness with a handle attached to the back and is smiling at the camera as he sits in front of Patty. In the background is a brick building with white, windowed doors and a flowerpot overflowing with pink and yellow blooms. Updated – October 2021 Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020, she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020, King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. In July 2021, she returned to The Seeing Eye® and was paired with a Black Labrador Golden Retriever cross named Blue. PATTY’S BLINDNESS… Patty was born one and a half months premature. Her blindness was caused by her being given too much oxygen in the incubator. She was partially sighted until 1991, at which time she lost her sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. She used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog. WHERE SHE LIVES AND WORKS… Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn. She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), The Writer’s Grapevine Online Magazine and the creator and host of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast. WRITING GOAL… Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled. HOBBIES… Patty’s hobbies include reading, music, and attending book clubs via Zoom. FAVORITE TUNES… Some of her favorite types of tunes are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country. FAVORITE READS… Patty enjoys fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. She loves books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Norah Roberts, and many more. Some favorite books include Norah Roberts’ Hide Away, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. SPIRITUAL FAITH… Patty describes herself as a spiritual Walker. She says she knows both Mother Goddess and Father God and embraces all they have to offer. CONTACT… Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com Visit: https://pattysworlds.com/ And: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/PattyFletcher As well as: https://www.amazon.com/Patty-L.-Fletcher/e/B00Q9I7RWG
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5 Responses to WORDPRESS WEDNESDAY-AUTHOR’S CORNER: Cats by Phyllis Staton Campbell

  1. pcampbell16 says:

    Many thanks to you, Patty for this post. To everyone, I hope you enjoy this.

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    • Patty says:

      Hello Phyllis.

      You’re PURHRHRHRHFECTLY welcome!

      🐱‍👤

      Patty L. Fletcher

      Self-Published Author and Social Media Promotional Assistant

      Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

      Website: http://www.campbellsworld.wordpress.com/ .

      Food For Thought

      Let’s observe what the Light can do and reveals. That’s your responsibility, as in the price of freedom is vigilance. Watch, observe, be aware, follow the Spirit, do the best you can with what you know and the conditions present. Check it out.

      -John Morton, DSS

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  2. joanmyles says:

    Delightful! Although I connect better with canines, I have known a few felines who tolerated me. *smile**willows in mist**children embracing*

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    • Patty says:

      Hi Joan.

      I like how you put that. “Who tolerated you.”

      I got news for you, sometimes my own cats didn’t “Tolerate” me.

      Patty L. Fletcher

      Self-Published Author and Social Media Promotional Assistant

      Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

      Website: http://www.campbellsworld.wordpress.com/ .

      Food For Thought

      Let’s observe what the Light can do and reveals. That’s your responsibility, as in the price of freedom is vigilance. Watch, observe, be aware, follow the Spirit, do the best you can with what you know and the conditions present. Check it out.

      -John Morton, DSS

      Like

  3. Reblogged this on Claire Plaisted – Author and commented:

    Cats… Love posts about cats. I need to write more about Nero. Enjoy the read.

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