Saturday, August 1, 2009

Cat Metaphors and New Blog Coming...

I am so giddy and ready to burst (literally and figuratively). But before I delve into the excitement, I have a confession...I do not like cats. This may not come as a surprise to those who have read about our dog Butters who has his own Facebook page and is a star over at MomLogic (yep, that's him in the photo). He is our best friend in every sense of the word and a lot like a child to us. But back to my disdain for cats (and I beg my bloggy friends who are cat people to hear me out). First, I am allergic to them. Second, I find their demeanor creepy. Third, I can't grasp the kitty litter thing. My feelings about cats, however, have been challenged by the discovery of an abandoned kitten in the crawlspace of our house. I first heard his pitiful mewing on Thursday evening. My hubby pulled back the grate and there was this tiny, apricot-colored feline just all alone and so adorable! Usually, I would have left the kitten to fend for itself, but my heart melted and something switched on in me. On Friday, I started emailing neighbors and calling no-kill shelters and found a foster home for him with some neighbors who are coming for him today. Meanwhile, it rained all night, and I kept getting up to go check on him to make sure he was staying dry. When I finally got into bed, I asked myself why I cared so much about this kitten when I don't even like cats. It struck me that kitty is a metaphor for my impending motherhood. This kitten was sent by the Universe to tell me something. What does it mean that I suddenly cannot abide seeing a kitten in distress? Is it a reassurance that I am ready to be a mommy? Interestingly enough, this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly devotes an entire article the whole Internet cat video phenomenon and what it represents culturally. The article isn't up on their site yet, but here is a link to the report card the best cat videos on the web.

Now for the exciting news! I am launching a mommy blog to continue documenting my journey into motherhood. It has a different blog address and a fabulous new design thanks to Diana Rambles at Custom Blog Designs. It is still under construction while I transfer some stuff over and set up widgets, but I figure it's not too early to start building my readership there. Please register for an
email subscription so you can get the announcement of the big unveiling. I don't want to lose any of you! I am planning some cool things for the blog launch, including a giveaway, after Marlie arrives. I'll see you on the flip side real soon!

9 comments:

Helen McGinn said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Looking forward to reading your new one; congratulations soon-to-be-mama!
x

Janna Bee said...

Congrats on your new blog and your new baby! How exciting! Came over from SITS... have a great weekend.

Mikki Black said...

Awww! There's just something about the cute face of a tiny abandoned kitty that melts hearts. -sigh-

Yes, I'm a cat lady. Wait. That didn't sound good.... haha

Happy SITS-S-S!

Darcel said...

Awww...I love cats. I love all animals though.
Your new blog is ADORABLE! I'm signing up.

Have a great weekend!

Ginger said...

Of course you're ready for mommyhood - the kitten solidifies it! Every baby animal needs a momma, including kittens.

When Jack was born I started new blogs, too - one for him and one for me. I was actually trying to keep my identity that way; I wasn't ready to give in to only being Jack's mom. I wanted to remember my name.

Anyway, how exciting! I can't wait to see the new blog!

Brandy and Brian said...

As an animal person in general, but in particular a cat person, I am proud of those mothering instincts that have emerged from you!!! Thanks for saving that little baby and giving it a chance to find a forever home!!

Kim @ What's That Smell? said...

I subscribed to your new blog, it looks great over there!

I like cats and dogs. My son is allergic to cats and I kind of miss having them around.

How are you feeling? I remember this time well. Very exciting!

Tooj said...

Because no matter how strange we find some animals to be, I think instinct (like you said, motherhood) takes over and we DO CARE about creatures that are defenseless. :) You did the right thing.

Marrdy said...

You are so cute!! I LOVE KATS!! (hense the name of my blog, Krazy Kat Lady) but I can completely understand why people don't like them..PLUS..you are allergic. I'm sure it's your mommy sense kicking into high gear. Taking care of something helpless. Hope he gets a good home!! And you are sweet to try to save him.