Okay, everybody. Paws up, who knows what day it is today?
That’s right! It’s the 4th of July!
And who can tell me what is the significance of that momentous date?
Right again! It’s My Birthday!
Yes! Today, I am fourteen years old. How Time flies!
My Human saw fit to mark The Event by waking me before 8 o’clock in the morning to sing to me "Happy Birthday To You".
Don’t get me wrong. She has quite a nice voice – for a Human, (actually, she has a very nice voice, but it wouldn’t do for me to let her get too puffed up in her own esteem by telling her that) – but at my age, one doesn’t want to be woken up at such an ungodly hour on a Saturday morning to be sung to. And then, to make matters worse, Pixie was sick on the bed. It’s lucky our Human witnessed that, she usually attributes all the vomiting in inconvenient places to Yours Truly.
However, she made up for her faux pas (the Human, I mean) by letting me choose my own breakfast. There was quite a dizzying array of delicacies to choose from. She set out all the tins in a row and asked me which I preferred. How was I to decide? Should I go for the salmon and shrimp? Or maybe the rabbit and turkey? Then, again, would not liver and duck make a suitable Birthday Breakfast? But that would mean foregoing the chicken and turkey… Oh dear, it was enough to make a poor kitty’s head spin! In the end, I went for the tuna and cod. I’m not sure that was the best choice and given a little longer, I might have plumped for something else, but as soon as she saw me go back three times to the same tin, she concluded that I had made my choice.
Well, I had, of course…
After breakfast, I curled up next to her, while she stroked and petted me and told me what a beautiful pussycat I am.
Looking in that silver glass thingy that stretches from wall to wall in her bedroom, I have to admit, I am a Fine Figure of a Cat. However, when you get to be my age, it’s nice to be reassured about that sometimes. And to know that She still loves me, as much as I love her and that in her eyes, I am – and always will be –
Possum the MagnifiCat.
PS. To my millions of friends and admirers in the United States who are celebrating My Birthday with me, I want to say Thank You and have a wonderful day yourselves. I understand you also have something to celebrate.