This cat of ours is well loved by my kids. I like cats too. But when cats are picky eaters, when they meaow your ears off, when they terrify your guests (by just walking through the room), when their bathroom habits are less than perfect, then I feel a bit like I need a vacation from the cat. But that’s what happened. Our cat disappeared one friday evening. We were so busy with guests that we didn’t notice for a while, but come Sunday we were concerned. The kids looked. I talked to neighbors. Come wednesday, I packed up the litter pan and through away some cooked fish and E cried. We started talking about buying a parakeet. But then, look who came back on thursday, our cat! And not only that .. . since she’s been back, she is not a picky eater. She’s lost her voice. She has had perfect potty manners. Now that’s a great improvement!
I’ve been thinking of the rainbow plate rule lately. Its an easy way to make sure you have a nutritious meal. This day we had thai purple rice (a special treat), spinach, tomato salad, yellow lentils, and fried fish. Yum. And if one needs to balance out healthly meals with the opposite — this last week we had guests staying with us . . . the kind of wonderful guests that draw other guests too. Triple dessert anyone?
A busy day! We left the city and saw some rice fields!! We saw many people who we love — including these two dear ladies who have known our family for years. Then we braved the traffic home, all the while thinking of the wonderful smoothie we would have at home. Once we got home I got out papaya, strawberries, and bananas from the freezer. Nothing like a smoothie to help with the heat.
Most parks had some sort of festivities. We visited two. The kids enjoyed the ferris wheel — powered by reckless teenage boy muscles!! We were fed some very sweet mishti by a friendly man. M’s dance class was supposed to dance at a certain park, but the day before the final count took place and only three girls were up for performing. M said that she wanted to see what a performance would be like before she danced at one — which is only fair. We did get to see another dance school perform. The girls did a superb job and M and I enjoyed every second of it.
My friend and I went to the park. O was running while looking behind him. He hit a pile of concrete and took the skin off his nose. My friend’s active toddler poured some water on her shirt and then played with dirt — getting herself very muddy. (In a culture that dresses up to go to the park and cares very much about safety, we weren’t doing a great job!!) We lost a ball. And a lady kept going from my friend to me, asking us questions about our religion. When she finally pegged us as infidels, she told other listening ladies that while Jesus was a righteous man, Jesus followers have misunderstood the truth and are not following God’s ordained way. On such occasions, I am glad that my toddler wants to keep running to a new place. I can smile and leave. It’s still nice to be in a green space with a friend!
An hour after we made the eggs, we all were engaged in other things and our toddler climbed up on the table and squashed them all. We had a hurried repeat process which was much less fun. The buns also did not look half so beautiful the next day during our Easter picnic. I forgot a mat .. no way to wash hands .. friends didn’t come .. . I chased my toddler during the few songs we did sing. Our plans for Easter turned out disappointing on some levels!!!! My attitude was less than sweet and joyful. I am so glad that Easter is about us remembering our Savior — this lady really does need a Savior every day. So maybe our un-perfect Easter was a good reminder to me.