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I am not a cat person, I don’t hate them but I don’t find them entirely lovable, amusing or even interesting. They seem self-absorbed and wear this smug expression all the time. So I was quite taken aback on how amused I was by a small kitten that I encountered on a blazing hot afternoon in a cool corner of the yard. I was not having a particularly swell week myself and was preoccupied with a number of thoughts and concerns about “life”. It had been 45C outside for the entire week frying my body and evaporating my brain. I was not thinking cheerful thoughts and was besides myself. In such a state I found myself strolling in the yard, when suddenly, from nowhere this little kitten made itself appear.

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It looked cheerful and engrossed in something that kittens engross themselves with. Its ears were all perky and its eyes eager. At one point it made a fleeting eye contact with me and I am positive it thought of me as a morose being. I could hear it’s thoughts as it set its steely gaze at me for all of three seconds “Wow, your eyes look like glass! Look alive man! ” Now, coming from a cat, this little remark about ‘glassy’ eyes was quite ironic I must say. I stood there and before I could relay my repartee back at that judgmental little feline , it went about its business as callously as only a cat can (which, in measures of callousness is by far as callous as any living thing can get). I was astonished at the volition of that little creature and was  reminded in that moment that I am a man of my own will too. I can choose to be whatever I want to be, to feel(or not allow myself to feel) whatever I choose to. Right then, I could picture my evaporated brain cells fusing together and forming a brain like organ over my head. The kitten had by now disappeared in the bushes and I stood there with a feeble smile waiting for my brain to set itself back in the hollow of my skull.

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