1. Thursday, July 10, 2014

    i heard a lot of noise in my otherwise quiet courtyard 

    theres a cat in my seat

    it was a neighbor who a few months ago i heard yelling at another neighbor about a terrible sound we all heard.

    that particular night we heard a blood curdling sound of one animal attacking another.

    we all assumed it was a raccoon eating one of the stray cats alive!

    I CANT HANDLE THIS ANY MORE WE HAVE TO GET RID OF THESE CATS FOR THEIR OWN GOOD! she said

    a few months before that she was yelling at a different neighbor about the automatic lighting thatd just been installed

    and the cement walkway that had been placed over the quaint stepping stones.

    THEY’VE RUINED ALL THE CHARM OF THIS PLACE, IM OUT OF HERE.

    so yesterday when i saw her helping the movers move her i was both surprised and not surprised.

    surprised because it took her a while and i think we all got used to the changes

    including the fact that the cats were no longer lounging in the courtyard– because Blanket is a terror.

    Wrigley has resigned himself to the alley and the three fluffy cats as well. they hang out by my back door now.

    the scared cat is beneath the house still but he only comes out when he hears my front door open and meows when he doesnt see any food.

    pretty sure im their pet now instead of vice versa.

    so this morning when i walked to my car i ran into the neighbor who said, yep im moving. i said oh.

    she said, its really nice what youre doing for the cats.

    which surprised me because i thought she didnt want me helping them.

    still, all i did was smile.

    like the xbi taught us to do.