This blogging business is easy when prompts are handed to you on a plate! Earlier I read this post by nrhatch, and I was instantly reminded of the following story.
When our children were small we lived in an ‘upmarket’ house in a ‘desirable’ area. It had the right number of reception rooms, and bathrooms, and we had the statutory dog, well trained of course. Yes, two children and ticking all the boxes long before there were boxes to be ticked. Life was grand! There were days when everything went really smoothly, and there were odd days that didn’t. We had friends; they all ‘moved’ in the right circles, even our children had friends that ‘moved’ in the same way.
We lived in an area where a number of people worked abroad. For instance R and P worked in one of the embassies on the other side of the world. The side of the world that still had servants in those days, and servants we didn’t have. Their daughter was a delight, though, Juliet, and during holidays and other visits would come and play with our daughter, however we had never had the pleasure of entertaining R and P.
I want you to imagine a scene.
Our sitting room was double aspect. A window at the front, but also one on the side that overlooked fields. We had woodblock flooring (yes, it was that long ago) which was well kept, with a rug or two suitably placed. The front window was a bay, and strategically arranged was a collection of houseplants. I was very good at growing houseplants, so they were dotted in various places around the room too. It was obviously summer as there was a ficus on the hearth, if it had been winter it would have been in a different part of the room. Cushions were well arranged on the sofa and chairs….. are you getting the picture?
So, what could happen to spoil this little idyll?
An univited cat!
The window that overlooked the fields was open (I told you it was summer) and this very curious creature hopped in from a nearby tree.
This wouldn’t have been a problem, but if you recap a little you will see that I mentioned a dog….
A normally exceptionally well trained dog……
Cat sees dog and hisses
Dog sees cat and advances
Cat sees dog advancing and growls
Dog hears growl and decides that’s enough. Dog heads for cat
Cat can’t find window
Cat can find window – the bay window
Plants fly, cat finds hearth, tries to escape through chimney
Dog follows cat
Cushions float as if by magic onto floor as cat finds sofa, is followed by dog and the whole thing goes backwards
Rugs are making the whole situation worse because the woodblock causes them to slip and slide.
Children (both mine) scream and run, not frightened, just joining in, it seems like fun.
I can’t get to the door to open it as there is just too much mayhem.
Thankfully, I struggle across the room, ploughing through spilt soil, broken flower pots and damaged plants, into the hall. The front door is finally opened, cat sees a way out so departs, well trained dog follows but is recalled by a word of command (why hadn’t I thought of that before?).
Now I saw that someone was standing on the doorstep. Yes, you’ve guessed it – P!
I invited her in, and before I could explain what had just happened she stepped into the sitting room
‘Oh, my dear, what a charming room……………………………………………..!’
(By the way, there were two posts today, here’s the earlier one)