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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Slice of Life Challenge - Day 12 - Playing Hide-and-Seek

  
 
In case this is your first time reading my slices, here is my focus for the challenge: my fifth graders and I are participating in the Slice of Life Challenge this month, and they're writing memoirs.  I thought I'd do the same kind of writing - memory writing - throughout the challenge.  My new writing idea/goal is to write a younger intermediate book (this changed since I realized I didn't have an early chapter reader "voice") based around a character very much like me, so remembering my childhood stories is very important for that project.  I'm going to be writing around photographs and memorabilia.
 

     I don't remember exactly when or how this cat came into our lives.  I do remember I was the one who named her.  I chose "Purriece," which I realize is a strange name, but she purred all the time.  It seemed to fit at the time. ;-)  She was the only cat I ever had that enjoyed perching on my shoulder as a way to get around.  She'd hang out there as I did my chores outside, my constant companion.  My favorite thing about her, though, was that she played hide-and-seek with me.  Really!

      The stall on the far right of our barn was where all the hay was kept, stacked high up against the left wall, layered into stair steps.  You could climb onto the stacks that way.  There were also feed bins filled with grain for the animals, saddles and bridles hanging on hooks, and a work bench.  It smelled of earth, wood, leather, and hay. Sunlight would stream through cracks in the wood, highlighting dust and hay particles floating in the air, looking like stars.  There were plenty of places to hide behind and between.  I would start, finding a niche in the hay, keeping my head down so she couldn't see me, and Purriece would come looking.  It wouldn't take her long; she'd peer up and over a hay bale, catching me crouched down behind it, and then take off, finding her own place to hide. She was a good hider, but she had her favorite places, so I'd pretend to look and look, talking the whole time.  When I'd spot her, she come out and wait for me to hide again, looking nonchalant when I ran off.  We could follow that routine a couple times before she got bored and climbed up on my shoulder, ready for me to finish what I was doing.  It sounds unbelievable, but it was true! 
 

20 comments:

  1. A cat that played hide and seek?? Most of the cats I know wouldn't stoop to something so undignified! Crazy! And fun!

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    1. It sounds crazy, I know! She was so cute. :-)

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  2. Love your description of the barn. What a rich setting for a childhood memory of hide and seek with your cat. We had a cat whose favorite resting spot was on top of the car.

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    1. Thank you - I loved that barn! We always have cat paw prints on our cars when we leave them out at night. I always think that's funny! :-)

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  3. Listen:
    The purring gives you away
    and the trail of fur gives rise to discovery.
    Yet, we continue this game every day
    so that when the time is right, years from now,
    I will feel you perched on my shoulder
    and remember.

    --Kevin

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    1. How amazing, Kevin, that you respond in poetry! I love it!

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  4. What a fun memory of a furry friend!

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  5. Your kitty reminds me of mine who wraps himself around our necks like a scarf! Love this: "Sunlight would stream through cracks in the wood, highlighting dust and hay particles floating in the air, looking like stars." I can see, smell, hear and almost touch it!

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    1. Aw, how cute! I have a friend whose cat sleeps on her head! Ha!

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  6. My cat before Noah was Purrsee - because he purred and saw everything! So Purriece isn't so strange to me! We had a cat once who liked to jump on my shoulders also. He'd do that when I least expected it, so I went around most of the time ready to startle! We also had one who liked to play Hide and Seek. I would hide behind and peek around a door, and he would sneak up on me until the pounced around the door. I would pretend to be startled and run away. He loved that game!

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    1. Purrsee! Ha - they could've been sister and brother. ;-) Aren't animals funny?! Peek-a-boo! How cute! :-)

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  7. Holly - I had a cat that liked playing fetch with foil balls. So fun to see all their individual personalities.

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    1. I love all these comments! Such fun pets, cats! :-)

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  8. Another awesome and unusual pet! I love the way he is perched on your shoulder in that photograph, Holly - as though contemplating a new game of hide and seek.

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    1. I know - I love that she's looking right at the camera. :-)

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  9. Wow - such a cool cat! The story of hide -and-seek reminds me of the boy and the bird in Bluebird. :)

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  10. Your writing reminds me of Jean Little. I love the descriptions and the idea of playing hide and seek with the cat, but mostly, I love the happiness that permeates out of your writing.

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