October 8th 2011 2:16 pm
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So this week was the Feast of Saint Francis, celebrating St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Last year mom took me to the annual Blessing of the Animals to get blessed, and this year she decided to take me again. But the church of St Francis, in the city, where we went last year, had the blessing last Saturday, and my mom had to work.
When mom told me, I meowed "ohhhhhhhh! DARN. I was really looking forward to that!" Of course I was being sarcastic.
But my mom said "Don't worry Toki! I found one that is next Saturday! And it's in NJ, so we won't have to go into the city."
yay. isn't that great.
So this morning, mom snapped me into my harness, put me into the cat carrier, and we were off in the car. Last year I was really good until the ride home, when I complained loudly the entire way home. This year I decided to get a head start on complaining, and started meowing as soon as we started driving. Mom usually opens the top of the carrier and let's me stick my head out. I decided that this wasn't enough, and when I wasn't meowing, I was trying to squirm out of the carrier. Mom had to hold my harness with one hand, and I meowed and meowed. And then mom remembered the radio. She put it on and found some old song and started singing along,
"Why do you build me up- buttercup baby- just to let me down
and mess me around and then worst of all, you never call baby when you say you will..."
I stopped meowing and looked at her with my mouth slightly open with an expression of surprise and pleasure. At least that's what she told herself. It was actually an expression of fascinated horror.
Since we were on our way to a church, I decided to say a prayer:
"Dear Lord please forgive my mother, for she knows not how she sounds." Yes, you're welcome mom.
In any case, the singing worked to keep me quiet for the car ride. It usually does. Shocks the hell out of me every time. The heck, I mean. So we get to the blessing, which was very small and informal, on the church lawn. I was the only cat there, among many different kinds of dogs, so mom kept me on the side. The priest came and said the prayer for me, but he didn't put water on my head like the priest last year did. He was very nice and asked what breed I was, and said he had a Bengal cat at home. Last year the priest at the church of St Francis was wearing a monk's robe and sandals, like Saint Francis, which made my mom really happy because she is silly like that. She loves when people dress for the occasion, whatever occasion it is. Anyway, this year the priest was not in a robe, and my mom was secretly disappointed. After I got my blessing, a man came up and asked to take my picture for the local paper. Mom was not surprised, I get a lot of attention when I'm out. Plus I was the only cat there. He took a bunch of pics of me, trying to get my face, but I kept looking away. He was making that "pssshpssshpsssh" sound that people do for cats, but that sound doesn't work with me. I prefer clicking sounds. But he finally got the shot.
I was very good through all this, and mom told me so. We left and on the way home I was very calm. Mom decided to stop at a pretty little park with a duck pond/stream so I could have a fun walk. But guess what: It turns out I don't like ducks. I'm not scared of dogs, vaccuums, fireworks, repair men, or many other things, but ducks are WEIRD. I walked in the grass happily, but then I looked at the stream with the ducks swimming and quacking and flapping their wings, and I slunk down low and... slinked away. (are those real words? slunk? slinked?) Mom picked me up and tried again, but I didn't want to look at those weird ducks. So we left.
When we got home, I relaxed and groomed myself. It was a long morning. But I am blessed.
"but I love you still- I need you- more than anyone darling- you know that I have from the start. Build me up! Buttercup don't break my heart!"
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WOW! That sounds like quite a day Toki! You are one brave kitty... ducks sound pretty scary to me too though buddy! I think you made the right call with that one! If they publish your picture in the paper and it's online you should send us a link! We want to see it! My mommy is currently doing a lot research about Catholics for something she's writing (she loves writing about religion) she was tempted to take me to get blessed this year even though we aren't Catholic! Luckily she changed her mind, I'm not brave! She thought I should be blessed though cause I'm her super special big boy. I don't know the rules for blessing non-catholic animals... you think they'd have done it? I'm still really glad we didn't actually do it... Even if I could have then informed sister that I was blessed and special!
Actually my mom is not Catholic either. She believes in God, but she is kind of not in any particular category, because she believes that people can have different beliefs and different gods and coexist without anyone being "wrong". She thinks the Blessing of the Animals is beautiful though because she likes Saint Francis. He was amazing and interesting. He would go out into the woods and preach to animals and nature.
Mommy is not Catholic, either, but likes Saint Francis like your Mommy. A couple years ago, a local church did animal blessings for the feast of St. Francis and Mommy missed it so she said "next year" but they haven't done it since! She really wanted to take us to be blessed, especially our doggie uncle Toby since he is so sick. I guess the church didn't have a big turn out or something...
You are so handsome it is no wonder that you always get so much attention! You will have to share the photo from the newspaper with everyone when it gets printed!! We can't wait to see it!! :-)
MOL Toki, What an exciting day you had, I too like being blessed, the water on my head, not so much. The first time I was blessed there were horses there, I really liked them and kept staring at them, they were huge and very well behaved, I thought it strange, humans were sitting on them. Anyway, we're going tomorrow. Can't wait to see your picture in the paper. Hugs from Jack
PS for River, I can't speak for everyone but in my experience All are welcome to come for the Blessing of the Animals. :)
We have that here evfurry year but at an Episcopal Church...not sure if the RC ones do that here.
None of us have evfur gone.
None of us have ever been to a park with ducks either! MOL!
My, but you sure have an interesting life!
MOL indeed Toki! Too bad you didn't have a tape recorder to tape your mom. My mom grew up a catholic but has not been a catholic for a long time. My mom is really the same as you. She believes in something or someone but really has no problem at all with anyone having a mind of their own. that's what the term individuality means after all. We are not all supposed to be the same! Anyways, but she does love St. Francis because of all he gave up to help animals and the poor.
Yayyyy for St. Francis!!!
Is the blessing like a rabies shot...you have to get one every year?
Consider yourself lucky...you know not shock horror until you've heard Dad "sing" the Ramones.........
It's a small local paper, so they aren't online. My mom will pick up the paper and take a pic of the pic, or maybe scan it. Cool!
Oh, and today it was at an Episcopal church too, I said priest but I guess that's the wrong word. Last year it was a Catholic Church. Maybe that's why that priest dressed for the occasion. There is a much bigger Blessing of the Animals every year at St John the Divine (which is a BEAUTIFUL church), but mom didn't want to freak me out because there are often really outrageous animals at that one, like swans, camels, etc.
Hey Tigger, remember last year when you said that when you got touched with holy water it sizzled and you screamed "it burns!"? I think if my blessing wears off, my eyes turn red and my head spins around. I think it's good to get a booster.
Well, let me tell you, I have it first, well - second hand experience - that ducks BITE! Yes, they do! Those beaks aren't just for quackin', brother!!! And besides that, since our friends aren't here to say it: THEY'RE STOOOPID BURDS!!!!!!!!
That sounds nice - to go get a blessing. Oh, and the Mama says, having grown up High Episcopal (though she's a theosophist, which is closer to being Buddhist)- there ARE Episcopal priests, too. But even the ones who aren't celibate priests, will wear robes during services, or they did at her church.
You are VERY correct Samhain! Mom had an aunt with a farm a long time ago and her ducks bit and so do geese!!! big time and it HURTS!
MOL Toki!!! I want pictures if that happens.
Toki mom can't stops singing this darned song now!!! MOL