A hotbed of Cat-ivity

Seriously, my home has become a hot bed of cat-ivity ever since I believe my kitten came of age…well, not sure about that…but her admirers, an old uncle tom cat and a rather young virile looking dude have since long posted themselves right in front of my house. 

Cat calls, cat fights, I have seen it all and so has my kitty, who peeps through the curtains as her suitors fight it out outside. Once though I went out with a broom, in the typical mom style and drove them off my terrace to get some peace.

Her ways are enticing, my kitty’s that is, to say the least as she gently spreads on the steps and eyes the old uncle cat, who continuously implores her to follow his lead. 

Well, the last time she went out, she stayed out for the whole night and I looking like a clown, would go to the front door to ‘meow’ to get her back even in the middle of the night. ‘Mom’ said my daughter ‘I guess she has migrated to another street with her friends.’

But no, she walks back into the house, when in the evening I open door to enter home after a hectic day’s work, without an inkling of guilt at her mis- behavior and what is more, climbs right onto my lap. ‘Shameless’! says my daughter and I nod my head in agreement.

But what changed after her last rendezvous is not clear to me, coz I notice that she is not inclined to stray far off the house and if I happen to close the front door, she meows from the window asking me to ‘open the damn door!’

Well, I don’t know who is keeping who in the house anymore.

Who is petting whom? or merely tolerating? 

‘House cats are afraid to step out of the house’, said a learned cat-expert and mother of half a dozen cats to me.

Really! then this girl is more of an out side cat,a true nomad, chasing dreams by clinging to the window sill and looking out yearningly and always quick to dash out of the house at the smallest pretext. 

Well, she does drive me crazy with her constant attention seeking and over worked tactics, but she is just so full of life, and is that a crime?!

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Open Appreciation Forum – A Classroom Activity

It was the last class. The last day of the semester when  I would meet them and we have already completed the portions and done with the evaluations. 

We have had a good time together. Some of my classes have broken their backs and wracked their brains to come up with excellent end of the semester work. So good, in fact that we in the department were tempted to hold an exhibition of the same. 

Good work deserves great appreciation, nothing less. So while we discuss this and more, I invite the class to ‘Shoot a question to whoever they want’. The class goes wild asking all kinds of funny questions.

After some time, I announce that it is time for an ‘Open Appreciation’ . Anyone can stand up and share one thing positive about another person.

This was such an interesting activity that students randomly stood up to toast their friends and classmates. From good looks, to great speech, to kindness, to team spirit, to leadership skills, to discipline to basket ball, a pandora of good deeds broke loose in the class and set an atmosphere of instant camaraderie and classmate-ship. 

As the faculty, my heart swell to its brim and I came away thinking of the ‘goodness in and around all of us’. What a grand finale to a session of fun-filled learning!