Cat in the Sunshine


"The cat in the sun
Is like a sunflower,
Soaking up the sun
Like the way a sponge
Soaks up water."
by A.T.B., age 7 1/2, 2nd grade

A.T.B. has an Extra Special Bond with Snuggles, our tabby cat with white tummy and paws and wise green eyes as well. I was in the Living Room as he pet her and said these words aloud. I hated to spoil the Quiet Moment but got up just the same to grab a pen and paper and write them down before they slipped away into the air – lost forever. I grabbed the camera on my way back to join them, Boy and Cat with their heads close and connected – hand resting on sun warmed fur. She'd moved to another Sunny Patch and indulged me with the camera while I snapped three shots in a row. A.T.B., with an Art Director's Confidence declared, "The second one". So here it is for you to see, along with his poem, which he's going to take to his Very Special Teacher as a Gift in the morning. He's wanted to give her a picture of Snuggles ever since he found out she has a cat named Oreo. He's Rockin' 2nd Grade. Though it's going by Way Too Fast. He'll be turning 8 in July and then start 3rd Grade in the fall… That's when I remind myself to Slow Down and Savor each day in the Here And Now, enjoying each hug, grin, shared laugh and being beside him to meet the New Discoveries Yet To Come.

© 2011, Janean Baird, Turquoise Tangles

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10 thoughts on “Cat in the Sunshine

  1. i just like the soft kitty simplykitty cutiesoft kittycute kittymy first poem was on kittyonce upon a time there was a little kittyeverybody called him naughty kittybut i called him cute kittyhe was naughtyhe used say miu miu

  2. Originally posted by tama00:

    i just like the soft kitty simplykitty cutiesoft kittycute kittymy first poem was on kittyonce upon a time there was a little kittyeverybody called him naughty kittybut i called him cute kittyhe was naughtyhe used say miu miu

    tamashi rafa,
    I'm smiling as I read your kitty cutie poem. have you ever heard the children's story, "The Three Little Kittens"? The next lines is, "They lost their mittens and then began to cry…" It's one of my favorites still and one of the only rhymes I memorized as a child that I still remember.
    Hope you have a wonderful day! =^.^=
    ~ Janean

  3. it's great to travel to childhood memories

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  4. Originally posted by tama00:

    it's great to travel to childhood memories

    That it is! I've been doing Quite A Bit Of It Lately. I'm sort of kind of working on a memoir, though I have no idea why…as I'm not famous, or that fascinating, it just feels like I have Some Stories To Tell. ~ Janean

  5. Originally posted by tama00:

    hey nobodys famous in this world.even the famous ones are not so famous to some people.its just good to be the way u are and like to be… in a good and simple way i guess;be happy; everybodys special

    I'm smiling at your Wise Words, tamashi rafa, and at your sparkly bling too. 🙂 ~ Janean

  6. hey nobodys famous in this world.even the famous ones are not so famous to some people.its just good to be the way u are and like to be… in a good and simple way i guess
    be happy
    everybodys special
    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart:

  7. ahhh this is just so brill!. I remember when my boys were the same age… they wrote about the things they loved too and it was hung up on the school's big news board… isn't it totally wonderful.. i understand your feelings of joy and pride, janean

  8. Originally posted by lokutus-prime:

    ahhh this is just so brill!. I remember when my boys were the same age… they wrote about the things they loved too and it was hung up on the school's big news board… isn't it totally wonderful.. i understand your feelings of joy and pride, janean

    Thanks, John. I think he's pretty marvelous and "brill" too. He is putting this picture of our much loved cat, Snuggles, in his Animal Notebook. She is one of his mammals, a tabby cat, with her name added in parenthesis. He's in third grade now and growing up FAST! ~ Janean

  9. Originally posted by jbaird:

    He's in third grade now and growing up FAST!

    Janean… Wow!… it never slows down does it?.. I mean the time that passes… it rockets by and before you know it… *smiles thoughtfully* …Wonderful to read all you say, about your boy .. thanks for sharing. – John

  10. You're welcome, John. He's one of my favorite topics. I've written more about him and my life in general at Tumblr lately. It's so easy to post there, and I don't feel the same need to be "polished", and have a picture with my written post, like I do here at Opera. Keep thinking I'll copy things over and share them here too, just haven't found/made the time to do so yet. Bottom line, I'm just glad to be writing. Somewhere. ~ Janean

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