The Cat At The Window (A Lesson In Persistence)


There’s a cat at my window. Another casualty of my failed marriage. When my ‘wife’ and I were together at one stage we even had 4. Thing is, I’ve never really been fond of cats. I merely tolerated them as they were what she wanted. But even though the cat is not mine and I don’t really care about her. She is teaching me a valuable lesson. Persistence. And the value of it.

When I wake in the morning and go downstairs into the kitchen. She is there. Meowing, meowing, meowing.

When I return from work and get a quick cup of tea before picking my boy up from school. She is there. Meowing, meowing, meowing.

When my boy and I come back from school and go into the kitchen to do his homework at the table. She is there. Meowing, meowing, meowing.

In actual fact, almost every time I enter the kitchen, when I am making a cup of tea, making our dinner, or the evening supper. There she is. Meowing, meowing, meowing. Pawing at the window.

Now you might think I am ignoring the cat (She’s called Marshmallow by the way). But if you look at her you will see she is quite fat. She demands to be feed, she demands my attention. Relentlessly, she persists.

Now, as I’ve said, I only tolerate her. I’m not a cat lover by any means. Not a hater either I might add. Truthfully though, if she wasn’t there, I wouldn’t care. Not another thought would she be given. But she is there, always. She persists.

As a result she is always fed. Even that is not enough sometimes. Right after feeding she will be back at that window. Meowing, meowing, meowing. Pawing at the glass. Demanding, persisting.

Then I break and go outside to her. Often she jumps down from the windowsill and sprawls herself on the ground. Meowing, persisting.

She wants attention. I relent and give it to her. Then it’s back to the window she goes.

My point is, just to be clear, I’m not a fan of cats. They were never my thing. But this cat, through damned persistence, gets what she wants. She gets fed and watered, gets the belly rubs she wants. And all from someone who doesn’t really care. Because she persists.

You could argue that I am so weak-minded that a cat can defeat me. And in a way you are right. But the way I see it is that she can teach me a thing or two. Teach us all something important. Whatever you want in life. No matter how tough, no matter the opposition. Persist. Persist until you get what you want. Persist. Persist. Persist.

The fat cat knows.


36 thoughts on “The Cat At The Window (A Lesson In Persistence)

  1. I’m not a cat person either, it’s dogs for me. But same applies! He’ll follow me around & show me those puppy dog eyes which get him fed every time I have a meal! I know it’s a bad habit but he’s – persistent!
    A great message in your post, thank you!

  2. Your story made me chuckle. Animals are great teachers. I would bet that over time you’ll notice Marshmallow has taught you lots of lessons. lol

      1. lol Your relationship with the cat makes me laugh. … Keep doing what you’re doing. You have a great story to tell. Separation sucks – You’re doing good raising your boy! Keep us up to date about how you’re doing. I wish you the best! You have a real story to tell and I know there are people who are in the same or similar circumstances. If you help even one person with your blog to feel better and see there is hope, the time and effort will be worth it.

      2. Sometimes I feel like am just her puppet lol
        Auch, that’s very nice of you to say such kind things and I appreciate your best wishes.
        Writing about it certainly helps me keep accountable to myself. For me and my boy’s sake. And it if helps anyone else that is just wonderful. I think if any of us can add some good to the world, we must!
        Thanks again. You are very kind. Hope your day is going well!

      3. Thank you, CJ. Someone I love dearly is dealing with a similar problem. I can see how your writing helps you as its helps others. Keep up the good work.

      4. That’s very kind of you to say Chris (I’m Chris too by the way). Thank you.
        I hope the person you love can learn to deal with their problems. Wishing you and them the very best!

  3. Thanks for the Follow! I feel like I’ve been reunited with an old friend.
    Cats have a very special healing gift. You are so fortunate she has chosen to come to you at this time.
    Sending the sweetest of Blessings from my HEART to your HEART in Love. Betty. πŸ’ž

    1. Thank you. Yes, they can be so demanding. I completely understand why you prefer dogs more lol
      You’re very welcome. It’s your content that has made me follow.
      Thanks for dropping by yourself.

      1. That’s very nice of you to say so! It’s normally at the top of the page. Click on my picture. That’s what i do. Sorry am not very good with technology lol

    1. I have no choice πŸ™‚ She’s always been an outdoor cat and seems to be fine with it. I appreciate your concern for her. Best wishes to you.

  4. I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the page layout of your blog? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or two images. Maybe you could space it out better?

    1. Firstly, I appreciate you saying you like my writing and message. Thank You. Secondly, I really appreciate you giving me your suggestion. I have been on a steep learning curve with the visual layout side of things and it is something I am still struggling with. It is certainly something I will work on. If you have anymore suggestions please feel free to let me know. They would be more than welcome. Thanks again and best wishes to you.

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