Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Laps with the Cat

“When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.” Proverbs 4:12

Last Saturday morning was a rainy one, and we were trying to get our bags packed to head out to my dad’s for the weekend. My 5YO was not listening and would not get his stuff together, so my hub sent him out to run laps in the backyard. I’d heard the door shut, and couldn’t locate the 5YO, so I asked my hub where he was.

“Running laps in the backyard,” he confidently says.

I say, “Are you sure about that?”

“Yes,” he says, as I open the blinds and see our 5YO standing down under our bedroom window, fish umbrella in hand, petting and talking to the cat. I knocked on the window and he proceeded to run his lap, with cat following behind. She fell behind at one point and he waited for her to catch back up, so the cat ended up taking a lap with him.

When my 5YO returned indoors, I asked him “What were you and the kitty talking about?”

He said, “She asked me, ‘Are you running to the barn?’” in an excited voice.

I said, “What did you say?”

He said, “I said, ‘Kitty, I don’t have time for this!’” in his most serious voice.

And my husband and I almost died laughing!

Thank God for friends who support us through thick and thin, punishment or not, even if they are not at fault, and when we seem to have no time for them. And for make-believe conversations between pets and children that make us laugh.

“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24


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