My cat, the praying mantis.

Northern Virginia has been our home for six years now.  We purchased this sweet little house from Brian’s father and have been making it our own ever since.  It used to reek of bachelor pad and it felt like a cave.  Before Brian’s dad put down hard wood floors, the entire house was lined with mauve shag carpet, including the – yes! – two built-in couches.  Yeah, they’re actually built into the walls of the house, facing each other in what can only be described as the pit.  Some crack head designed this house in the 70’s.

Another fixture in this house was actually my father-in-law’s cat, Emma.  He asked if we wouldn’t mind keeping her when he moved.  At the time, I was convinced that I was the cat whisperer and that all cats adored me.  So we said okay.  Except Emma isn’t a cat.  She’s a bulimic praying mantis in a cat’s body.  See?

She has hated us from day one (which is why I never mention her).  Apparently the unforgivable offense was taking over her turf.  To be sure that we understood her feelings on the matter, spiteful Emma would jump to the highest point possible (usually the cabinets above the fridge) and then spray puke down upon everything.  Now, when a cat is really sick, they don’t usually go jumping higher and higher.  They usually hunker down low.  There was no misunderstanding her disdain for us.  But if there was any confusion on the matter, just to be sure that we knew our worth to her, she demonstrated fascinating indifference to our attempts of affection.  She’s an indoor/outdoor cat.  After a long day of sunbathing and grass chewing, she’d come inside just to use the litter box and then ask to be let out again.  The darn cat wanted to be sure that she didn’t soil the outside.  No, she’d soil the inside where her enemies resided.  We were nothing but a great big toilet.

And Emma has never let us hold her.  Her normal hiding spots are in the guest bedrooms.  However since we’ve updated them, we’ve kept the doors shut (just in case our guests are allergic to cats).  This has forced Emma into the kitchen, the living room and our bedroom.  For the last week or so she’s been hiding under our bed or in our closet.  This morning, however, a choir of angels burst into the Hallelujah chorus.

Emma, praying-mantis-puke-out-of-spite Emma, was curled up around Brian’s head.  Not only that, her engines were revved and she was purring up a storm.  Not only that, she started head-butting us!  (I love a good head-butt.)  And not only that, she actually started licking my hand!  WHAT?!

Me, “You see, Emma?  You see what you’ve been missing out on for the last six years?”

Brian, “I think hell’s freezing over right now.”



  1. September 10, 2011

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

    awwwww, poor Emma really missed out …

    glad she came around 🙂

  2. September 10, 2011

    I knew you could get her to come around! Some cats are more stubborn than others. Now you have another animal wanting to be in your bed at night. See you tomorrow!

  3. September 13, 2011

    I think that this is one of my favorite blogs so far. When I was napping at your place she was making biscuits by my head, purring loudly and licking my hand too. Silly kitty. Glad she’s warming up to you. 🙂

  4. September 14, 2011
    Adele Bernard

    You both are so sweet…I think I might have killed her. Well I wouldn’t but you know what I mean. This really had me laughing.

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