8.09.2016

my favorite souvenir.

(Left: Reflective birthday cat, "What does this birthday MEAN?" 
Right: Spirited birthday cat, "Screw this birthday hat.")

Four years ago today, I slammed my laptop shut and demanded Gabe drive us out into the Kuwaiti desert...immediately.

Why, you ask? An orphaned 3-week-old kitten in Kuwait had caught my attention on the internet, and if we didn't go pick it up right now, life wasn't worth living. Gabe rolled his eyes, assuming my pleading was all a bit hyperbolic. (It usually is.) It was nearing 9pm, and he was less than pleased about spending the remainder of the evening attempting to navigate our way to one of the thousands of identical sand colored address-less apartment buildings in Kuwait to pick up a feral street cat. I pled my case:

"He's only three weeks old, and doesn't even have a mom or siblings to keep him warm! How can you say no to something that small and helpless? I promise, it won't change anything in our house. Cats are so easy!" (Hah. Sweet, sweet naivety. Also, "he" turned out to be a "she".)

Gabe slowly started putting on his shoes, while I shoved the keys at him and impatiently flapped my hands in the "COME ON ALREADY!" gesture that wives have oh-so-lovingly used for centuries. Out into the desert we went, and hours later we returned home with the teeniest little kitten I've ever held.


(We had a killer view of the Persian Gulf. I used to write inspirational quotes on our window.)

The past four years have flown, and along the way we've learned that feral kittens will change things in your house, and no, they will not be "easy". (Whoops. Sorry, Gabe.) In so many ways, we see her feral roots show through...like the fact that she has not let a vet touch her for the past three years, or that she'll willingly have a hissing , swiping showdown with an adult human male sitting on her corner of the couch.

She's a feisty one, and has taught me so many great life lessons.

Lessons I Learned From My Cat

 Don't buy a gift if you could amuse the recipient with only an empty box.
You can't have nice things anymore.
Always check your luggage for stowaways before leaving the house.
Act like you own the world, and people will start to believe it.
Cat snuggles > therapy.
Never buy in bulk: taste preferences will change as soon as you do.
Just because you're little doesn't mean you don't matter.
Don't be afraid to speak up our swat out if something doesn't feel right.
You don't own a cat. It owns you.

In hindsight, we realized we brought home very few souvenirs from our time in Kuwait: a cheap scarf from the Souk, a few seashells collected from the Persian Gulf, and an adorable rag-tag street cat with a real attitude problem. The latter is clearly the best souvenir we could have bought (er, picked up curbside near a nameless apartment building in a foreign country). 

Happy Fourth Gotcha Day, you magnificent beast. We can't imagine life without you.


Welcome to the World, Lucky Bear. from bethany wuerch on Vimeo.

7 comments:

  1. Happy gotcha day Lucky! You have grown into a real beauty. You were a cute little kitty but I often wondered if you'd ever grow into those ears, lol.
    Bethany I am so happy to see you posting again - I almost squealed with delight. Thank you for sharing yourself with us.

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    1. Haha...those ears were INSANE, weren't they? It was a real Dumbo situation. Until I looked back at her kitten photos and videos, I'd forgotten how out of proportion they were! No clue how she even kept that tiny head up. ;)

      And thank you so much for reading! I feel lucky to even have people wanting me to share. Truly so lucky.

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  2. Seeing you posted a blog, I let out a little squeal of delight. Then I saw it was about kitty, well that has made my day! I love your posts! :) <3

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    1. Aww, thank you Nikki! Never enough kitties on the internet, right? ;)

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    2. Never, never. πŸ˜‰πŸ’—πŸ’—

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  3. She was so tiny! And that view is gorgeous.

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  4. Oh my goodness!! I forgot how tiny she was! And that wirey little tail! Such a little feisty lady :) I also can't believe that was 4 years ago!!

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