Welcome to day 2 of the 3 day quote challenge. Thanks goes out to Living What You Love for nominating me to do the 3 Day Quote Challenge. I really enjoy these challenges and appreciate the thoughtfulness of Living What You Love in nominating me. If you have a chance I recommend checking out her blog. It is a blog that encourages personal growth and exploration.
As I said yesterday, I am doing things a little different this time. Instead of just nominating three people to do the challenge, I am encouraging everyone to try their hand at doing their own version of the 3 day quote challenge. Meditating on a quote is a great way to get creative juices flowing and I am inviting everyone to try it.
Pick a quote. Write down why you chose it and what it says to you. Share this with others if you feel comfortable doing so. If not, that’s okay too. If it is comfortable to do this three days in a row, do it. If it is comfortable to do this project, three weeks in a row, do that. Maybe choosing a quote once a month speaks to you, then do that. Just go out there and find a saying that speaks to your heart and soul. Let me know what quote you found, how the process worked for you, your thoughts and comments. Most important, did you enjoyed it.
Image of Bast from the Egyptian collection at the British Museum
“In ancient times cats were worshiped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” -Terry Pratchett
I am a cat person. You may have realized this by the name of my blog, “Cats Out of the Box.” Nothing against dogs. I have just always bonded with cats. As I write this post, Angus, my beautiful black cat, is snoring away next to me.
There are so many things that I love about cats. The way they sleep all curled up or stretched out looking three times longer than their actual length. Purring. Angus does this thing where she puts her head against my forehead. I like to think that it is her way of saying, “Hello, my human.” Cats choose their people. Angus chose me. A cats nose is like our fingerprints, no two are alike. Every cat I have been adopted by has had their own personality. You don’t own a cat, they choose you. They are fiercely independent but let you know when they want attention: laying on your laptop; the newspaper; rubbing against your legs; and a million other creative ways of saying, “Hey, pay attention to me!”
Angus sleeping in the sunbeam.
I have read a couple of articles about famous people who were also cat people. One had photos of famous writers with their cats. Another listed 110 famous cat lovers throughout time. You get the gist. Below are just 10 of the many cat people from history:
- Abraham Lincoln – Abraham Lincoln’s cat, Tabby, was the first of several cats to live in the White House.
- Sir Isaac Newton – Sir Isaac Newton, the scientist who first described the principle of gravity, also invented the swinging cat door for the convenience of his many cats.
- Ernest Hemingway – One of Ernest Hemingway’s most unusual cats was a six-toed cat given to him by a ship’s captain. He owned over 30 cats!
- Edgar Allan Poe – Although Edgar Allan Poe used cats as symbols of the sinister in several of his stories, he himself owned and loved cats.
- Florence Nightingale – Nightingale had owned 60 cats during her lifetime and was famously credited to have remarked that cats possess more sympathy and feeling than human beings.
- Alexander Dumas – Alexander Dumas, the author of The Three Musketeers, owned a cat called Mysouff. This cat was known for his extrordinary perception of time. Mysouff could predict what time his master would finish work, even when his master was working late.
- Albert Schweitzer – Although left-handed, Dr. Schweitzer would often write prescriptions with his right hand because his cat Sizi liked to sleep on his left arm and could not be disturbed.
- Charles Dickens – Charles Dickens cat gave birth to a litter of kittens. Dickens only allowed one of these kittens to remain with its mother. The kitten was known as the ‘Master’s Cat’. The kitten would snuff out Dickens candle in order to gain his attention.
- T.S. Elliot – The Nobel Prize-winning British poet, playwright, and cat lover, T.S. Eliot, wrote an entire book of poems about cats. His Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats was set to music by Andrew Lloyd Weber and became the long-running musical, Cats.
- Mark Twain – Twain was frequently photographed with cats and often featured them in his literature. He kept many cats at his family home in Missouri and gave them unusual names like Sour Mash, Appollinaris, Zoroaster, and Blatherskite.
How does one end a purr-fect post about cats? As a friend of mine, who is a cat person, said, “Dogs are fine; but cats are divine.”