Along With A Meal


Feel like a cat trapped inside while a flock of birds has landed in the yard?

There’s a whole lot of chasing, and catching, and victory out there. It’s visible, but out of reach. The birds strut around pecking at seeds, unaware that they are so tasty, so tempting.

Ha! Birds. They’re not even as brilliant as cats. They may be tasty, but they are so idiotic. They don’t even have an awareness of glass. A cat understands a transparent obstacle, while a bird will think it’s only more air. A bird will try to fly through the glass, only to break itself in the attempt. A cat is smart enough to find another route.

The only way out is around, so the cat goes around. The smartest hunters are patient. Whether that patience is learned, innate, or an extension of another trait is up for debate.

A cat’s patience will allow it to listen while the argument rages. Cat’s are secure enough in their intelligence to offer very little to any argument. You’ll know when the cat is done with the argument though, as the back arches and the hissing begins. If you see claws, know the debate is over and the battle has begun.

If you’re a bird and you see claws, know the time for pecking at seeds is over and the cat’s dinner has begun.

If you’re a cat trapped inside while the birds are gathering out there, taunting you with their delicious, seed-fattened bodies, find the way out, get yourself some entertainment and exercise—along with a meal.

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, twelve screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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