Christmas is overwhelming for me. I experience so much pressure to buy or give, and yet it can feel pretty forced. So the spirit of giving happens spontaneously, it means more to me. So here is my experience of the magic of Christmas.
Last Sunday, it was about -4 degrees in the city. We had been in the house all day. So my wife and oldest son decided to go for a short walk around the block, while I stayed and played with my younger son. Shortly after leaving the house, the door bell rang. It was my wife and son. “We need some muscle to move a car,” she said.
A twenty something year old boy living at a place called, “Artist in Residence” was trying to get his car out of a snow packed parking spot. So we rocked his car, told him not to burn so much rubber, and eventually got him back on the road. It felt like the right thing to do. And I liked that our son experienced the moment.
On Monday, my wife called me at work. “You remember the artist with the skull & crossbones on his car-the one we pushed out of the snow? He left us a box of choclates with a note to the family that went out of its way to help me out.”
It was a complete surprise. To me, it combines the message of Christmas. You give to others with the nothing more than the best of intentions and then you move on. And sometimes, when you least expect it, something good comes back your way.
We take them into the vet for their scheduled visits. I find the whole experience of watching people and their pets interact in the waiting room quite amusing. But what I find even more amazing is hearing the vets tell us all the things we “must” do for the cats. The most recent being, “brush their teeth.”
I have a hard enough time getting my sons to brush and now I ‘ve got to deal with Ed and Gogurt? The vet gave us a Cat Toothbrush or Brosse a’ Dents Pour Chats. And some poultry flavored toothpaste. The Virbac corporation who makes this product suggests the following about the toothpaste; “good to chew, better to rinse, best to brush!” Why would I do this? Because they suggest it is for ” fresh breath, cleaner teeth and better health for your pet.” I won’t even tell you about flossing.
I love Ed and Gogurt, but I can’t honestly say their breath is a big concern. I’m frankly more concerned about cats who smell like chicken.
I’m including this because the vet demonstrates how to brush your cats teeth. Is it me or does this vet look like a cat? http://www.youtube.com/watch? Itv=wyudvKceI4A