Bully Cat returns, but I am conflicted


Late yesterday afternoon I peeked down at our back door steps through the glass in the kitchen door because it was about Carport Kitty’s dinner time, and I wasn’t about to miss her visit – our only time to bond since she now resided at Neighbor John’s heated cat condo.

But what to my wondering eyes did appear on the top step where Carport Kitty usually waited for me?

The horrid Bully Cat! The Bully Cat who appeared for all the world to think HE was coming to dinner – what on earth possessed him?

Well, I sprang into full frenzy mode – I jerked the door open, shouted obscenities, waved my arms in the air and followed him as he made his way out of the carport. Interestingly, my diatribe didn’t seem to scare him as much as it did me. He ran, then stopped periodically to see if the hysterical old woman was still following him, then ran again, stopped, repeated. Finally he made his way across the street and down the hill.

I was furious, fuming and flabbergasted all at the same time. Needless to say Carport Kitty was nowhere to be seen for her food yesterday.

During my morning walk today, I thought I caught a glimpse of the Bully Cat a block up from our house. I was walking in a different direction so I couldn’t be sure. Then I was 100% positive when he confronted me five minutes later.

He stopped, seemed to be weighing his options

he came over to me as if we were the best of friends,

my tirade forgiven

then Bully Cat slowly sauntered on

When he walked off, I thought he looked a little thinner. I wondered if he was getting enough to eat. Sigh.

But when I got home from my walk, someone was waiting for me.

hello, is it me you’re looking for?

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Stay safe, stay sane, get vaccinated and please stay tuned.

About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Nana to her granddaughter Ella James born 10-01-2019. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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13 Responses to Bully Cat returns, but I am conflicted

  1. Wayside Artist says:

    Just accept it my dear friend. You have 2 cats now. Bully Boy thinks, “What’s little extra food in a spare little dish? Hmm … ?”

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  2. JosieHolford says:

    Doubled blessed to have the attentions of two cats.

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    • Ok, Josie. I know you’re on to something now.

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      • JosieHolford says:

        I think that there is a possibility that these two cats are in the education business. (The ailurophobes would call it grooming.) After all – who knows what kinds of deprivations (and uncertain temporary luxuries) these cats have endured in their search for the forever home that loves them in spite of all the wandering and human-defined character flaws.

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      • Aha, I think you’ve got the right idea – many moons ago I lived in a zoo with four dogs, two indoor cats, several birds, the occasional fish and a woman who could care less about my allergies. I lived on antihistamines and being young. I knew cats for four years, but I think I had forgotten my “education.” Refresher course.
        Thanks for the reminder!

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      • Hi Josie, I very much appreciate your support of my work – I added you to my blogroll today. Thanks!

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  3. Oh my! Those two are playing kitty tag team with you. 🙂

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  4. Clever pussy cats 😀

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