You may have heard the phrase, “window of opportunity”. Sounds like a good thing, right? Usually it is, but not so much for our cat Myrrh. Last we left off, Myrrh was burning through his “nine lives” (click here for the story if you missed it). Well, he keeps on keepin’ on, but lately his life lessons have dealt with the “cat”egory of windows.
It started about a year ago. Typically, I wash my windows inside and out, screens, sills, and all. But I had gotten behind on the home front and decided to hire it out. A window cleaning service came in and did the job.
The next morning, I had the windows open as it was a beautiful morning. Myrrh went back to his usual spot, in the window sill on our second level. It looks over the front yard and he can check out all the birds in the trees and other action in the neighborhood.
When I left to take my son to soccer practice, Myrrh was sitting there watching the day go by. When I returned, I drove by the front of the house. I noticed the screen was no longer in the second story window. Quite odd. It was sitting the bushes in the front yard.
“Oh, no!” I thought. “Where’s Myrrh?”
I went inside the house but found no sign of the furry little guy. I went up to the double window where he has been sitting and saw where the screen popped out and fell below. Then I noticed the other screen wasn’t quite locked in as it should be. Myrrh must have leaned on the unlocked screen and fell out the window. Dang.
He’s not an outdoor cat. We have raccoons and coyotes around, so I became a bit concerned. I walked around the outside of the house calling for him. As I approached the garage, I happened to catch a glimpse of orange underneath the car. And there he was.
He ran out, practically leaping into my arms with a look of, “Thank God it’s you, Mom! You’ll never believe what happened to me!”…until he realized he was outside and free to roam and started to run off the other way. But, I got him just in time and brought him back inside. (Yes, the window cleaning company did get a phone call and all other window screens got checked!)
Poor Guy. Lesson #4: Good to double check the work of others. It may not lead to the window of opportunity you were expecting.
The next window experience seemed worse than the first for poor Myrrh. This time, he was sitting in the open window of our first story front room. Maybe he felt a bit safer than the last time. He was sticking with the ground level. It was a beautiful summer evening. The sun had set, and a nice cool breeze was flowing into the windows. When it was time to head to bed, Myrrh was still hanging out on the sill watching the moths flying around the outdoor porch lights. My mom was visiting and she was helping me shut the windows for the night.
I was closing the kitchen window when I heard, “Hey, Amy? Why won’t this window go down? …It won’t shut.” I walked into the front room and saw… Myrrh!!…being squished as my mom was trying to shut the window!
“MOM! THE CAT!” Dang. Thank God he was fine, but mom was a bit shocked. And another life got spent.
Poor guy. Lesson #5: If you are hanging out in your window of opportunity, make sure someone doesn’t shut it on you.
His last “window” incident was actually more of an opening. We have an open archway from the second level that overlooks the lower level. The archway has a shelf. When the kids were little it served as a launching pad for paper airplanes, nerf gun wars, etc. Fun stuff. But not this time.
I was upstairs, leaning on the archway shelf talking to my son below who was sitting in a chair in the family room. That’s when I heard the thumpity thumpity run of Myrrh behind me. When he jumped up to land on the shelf, he missed the mark, skidded right off the shelf, and flew right through the archway. Yep, spread eagle, in a fluffy, orange blurr. Dang.
Fortunately, he landed on the couch. A little shaken, but unhurt.
Poor guy: Lesson #6: When leaping to a new window of opportunity, stick the landing.
While I don’t believe in the whole nine lives thing, we are on Lesson #6. I am sure there will be lessons to come…way past 9. To be continued…