Princess Bean is by far my most spirited child. She is fearless, curious and loves to get dirty. The two older children are not really like that and so it’s been fun (and terrifying) to watch Bean grow and get into sh*t — so say it lightly. She is at that fun stage and age (3-years-old) where she is really coming into her own but still has some qualities that are uniquely toddler.
There are 2 members of the family that I don’t spend enough time talking about are our two cats — Puppy (or Puff) and Ming-Ming. I have known these cats far longer then my children and my husband and were my first ‘babies’ and are still 2 of the most important things to me.
I have had them since I was 15/16 years old and the are nearing the later stages of life now at 14 & 15 years old. Thankfully, they are not really acting their age and you may not know they were that old if it wasn’t for the white and grey sprinkled throughout their black fur.
I was sitting in the livingroom yesterday — hanging out with my kids, my cats and my older brother and I noticed something. Watching Bean hanging out next to Puppy I realized those two — different species, totally different ages — were more alike then I would think.
1. My cat loves to mark his territory by peeing on things. My toddler loves to run around naked and ‘forget’ or ‘get too busy’ to use the toilet and pee on things.
2. My cat, when he’s hungry, will just sit in front of me, stare and yell. My toddler, when she’s hungry will just sit on top of me and scream.
3. My cat loves to make a game out of chasing a moving light. My toddler, she does too.
4. My cat sleeps during the day and breaks sh*t at night. My toddler is awake all night too and breaks my sanity.
5. My cat loves to climb to high places like my shelves. My toddler loves to get into trouble and climb my shelves.
6. My cat hates to have his hair brushed even though it’s so needed. My toddler prefers to have her hair all wild & doesn’t sit still long enough to brush
7. My cat will climb up on my lap at any inconvenient time and demand attention. My toddler will climb into my lap and demand attention.
And one way they differ:
My toddler thinks she’s a cat and my cat thinks he’s one of my children.
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