In which I almost run over a black cat

Warning–these photos have nothing to do with black cats

This is my day thus far and it’s only 10 a.m.

I awoke wanting to write another blog, yet again.

The people-pleaser part of me sternly warned, “Do not write another blog, as you should give people time to digest your former blogs this week.  I mean, c’mon, how many have you written in the past two weeks?  Be silent!”

Because I only listen to the people-pleaser side (and do not let it make decisions, because, gosh darn, that would be against the heart) I refused.

The heart usually gets its way.

These are from our sunset cruise in Munising Bay last week

The heart will blog because, gosh darn, it has so much to say.  It loves to write stream of consciousness writing.  It does not like to edit, except when it confines itself to 200 words daily, as in the month of July.

I am a very Zen-like simple person in physical reality.

Within the realm of this mind there are hundreds of words dancing together and apart, bowing to their partners, falling in love, crying, singing and trying to blow apart the known world, shame on them or bless them mightily.

Don’t let the sun go down on you…

The inner people-pleaser harped at the school while picking up a trunk load of recycling.  We’ve been emptying the storeroom at the school and out goes six crates of used papers and magazines and books from the early 2000′s.

I volunteer to drive them up to Houghton.  Gosh, we want the school to look nice before the kids come back next week, don’t we?

Besides I can sit in a coffee shop with my laptop computer, Ms. Ellie, after recycling.

The people-pleaser was still harping as I drove toward home.  I needed to do dishes and clean up before recycling because we’ve hired a fella to re-finish our kitchen hardwood floor and the house is a mess.

“You don’t want to write a stream of consciousness blog,” said the inner people-pleaser, because lots of people like your photography posts better, and some of them even like your reflective posts even more, and this one won’t be that.  Besides lots of people like SHORT posts, so why don’t you just shut up for a while?”

“My mom said shut up was a bad word,” I warned that internal fiend. “Besides, remember those sunset pictures?

Don’t let the sun go down on you…

That’s when the black cat ran out in front of the car.

Kathy slammed on the brakes.  Recycling flew everywhere!  Bottles and cans hit the ceiling! The car screeched in protest!

The black cat survived. It blinked.  It walked lazily back to its home, probably purring, barely looking at the smoking stopped car.

I think the cat belongs to my friend, Jen.  I’ve already emailed her.

“Jen, do you have a black cat?  I almost ran over it.”

The best and worst part of living in a rural community is that you know whose animal you might have killed while you were thinking about blogging.

Almost sunset now…

What does it mean when a black cat crosses in front of you?  I searched “Ask” on the computer, which was once called “Ask Jeeves” back in the early computer days.  I could write a whole blog about Ask Jeeves, but you’ll have to wait for another day.

1.  In some places people have a superstition that if a cat crosses your path from right to left, it’s a sign of bad omen. It’s also said that if the cat crosses from left to right, it’s a sign of favorable times.  (This cat passed from left to right, phew…)

2.  Slow down and swerve to avoid it.

3.  It means a black cat crossed in front of you, not really any different than if a pink cat crossed in front of you. However the pink cat may have some significant value so I’d try to catch that one.

4.  Actually, it probably means (according to superstition) that the cat is going elsewhere and taking its bad luck with it.  So, you might be lucky if you go the other way.

Going, going…

Here’s what Kathy thinks it means:

It means that a black cat ran in front of her and she was at least present enough not to run it over, although that was questionable, considering she was thinking about people-pleasing and why we have so many parts of ourselves which need respectful listening.

Speaking of people-pleasing, I do not like it when I write posts saying I’m a people-pleaser and people believe this is true.   (Go figure!)

It causes me to suffer.

Anyone reading my posts for six days or six months should know that this one never lets the people-pleaser rule the roost.  Well, hardly ever. They should see that I’m bold and fearless and write what the heart wants, shouldn’t they?

Now shouldn’t they?

Why the heck would they believe my words and not actions?

Gone

“You’d better not post this one,” said the inner people pleaser.  “You’re better off being consistent.”

“We humans are not consistent,” I reply, “nor are black cats.  Now let’s get in the car and go recycling!”

Definitely gone. Definitely gone recycling–until tomorrow.

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I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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70 Responses to In which I almost run over a black cat

  1. I think when you let the heart lead, the people will be pleased. Thanks, Kathy!

    • Kathy says:

      People are always pleased when our hearts lead, Cindy! I so agree with you. But we must be oh-so-careful not to suppress the other parts of ourselves, I think.

  2. Lori DiNardi says:

    Yep, I’d have to say that sometimes cats run in front us (or I stub my toe), because I’m not in the present moment. ;-) Beautiful sunset photos.

    • Kathy says:

      Sometimes, Lori, we’re half in the present moment and half in our delightful minds. But darn it, I hate those stubbed toes! Glad the sunset photos spoke to you.

  3. OM says:

    Cats generally do what they jolly well please when and where they jolly well please. So if you HAD hit the cat, that would have been the cat’s choice. Although your feelings would have been your choice. I’m so glad it turned out the way it did. I hope your headrest blocked some of the flying debris, LOL!
    And you please people just by being and expressing who you are. So there.
    Love, OM

    • Kathy says:

      Dearest OM, I love the spin you put on Things. Of course it would have been the cat’s choice! Or the Dream’s choice. And I would have probably wept…totally my choice.
      Isn’t it wonderful when we have the freedom to express who we are? I am sad when people don’t seem to have that choice. :(

  4. Kathy – I couldn’t find it on the internet, but I’m pretty darned certain that if a PINK cat crosses in front of a person’s car, they’ve been drinking :)

    • Kathy says:

      I agree with you, Laurie. I have never seen a pink cat, ever. Nor a purple cow… I am not ruling out either possibility though since life can be quite mysterious & magical, yes, sometimes with drink. I would rather see a pink cat without, though, just to say…

  5. Elisa's Spot says:

    Yay, remembering to filter out the stuff and to appreciate and to recall the sunset!!

  6. AnnieR says:

    I know I’m pleased when your heart leads. Thanks!

  7. Heather says:

    Hahahahaha! I am amused. And happy for the black cat – that it did not suffer the same fate as the coyote.
    Also – lovely sunset! We didn’t catch a single one while we were UP there. Now I know it looks beautiful falling behind Grand Island :)

    • Kathy says:

      Heather, I love amusing you, said the person who is not a people pleaser. I am glad I did not kill that cat. I think you were moving too fast for that sun, Heather. You needed to slow down a bit before it did its sinking act…

  8. I’m glad you and the cat got through this OK!! You do just what you are doing, and write when your heart tells you to. People will always catch up!! ;) Your sunset photos are absolutely stunning!! I have sat here and stared at them for at least a couple minutes each, longing to be in a place just like this…..

    ….. I have a chance to go someplace very cool in just under a month – keep your fingers crossed that everything works out!! ;)

    • Kathy says:

      Holly, you are so right! That’s why I don’t pay that much attention to People Pleaser part. I mean, you have to pay attention to her, right? But you can’t let her Win. I am glad you liked the sunset photos. May you come north, may you come north, may you come north…but, if not, may your chance to go someplace cool work out!

  9. john says:

    Wonderful pictures! Fi on that black cat I say, Fi!

    • Kathy says:

      tut, tut, tut, John. We must never Fi on kitty! It’s someone’s precious kitty, even though he looked back at me with cat-like disdain.

  10. I think cindy said it best – so ibid

  11. lisaspiral says:

    I suspect you don’t want to mess with a pink cat as surely it’s having a very bad day. Glad you didn’t run over a pet you knew (or one you didn’t). And it sounds suspiciously like the cat was a great excuse for taking a little extra time in the wi-fi cafe, which I suspect was Kathy pleasing all the way around.

    • Kathy says:

      Ha ha ha, Lisa! I had the BEST time in the coffee shop up in Houghton. They make the BEST turkey artichoke panini sandwiches in the Universe. That’s what I think this week, anyway. Kathy was so pleased.

  12. Susan D. says:

    “The best and worst part of living in a rural community is that you know whose animal you might have killed while you were thinking about blogging.”

    Can’t stop laughing about this observation! (Gorgeous photos!)

    • Kathy says:

      And YOU know whose cat that might be, Susan D! (She hasn’t responded to my email yet. Hmmmm…..) Glad your funny bone was tickled and I didn’t kill Jen’s possible cat.

  13. Brenda Hardie says:

    Kathy I am so glad you follow your heart because that is when you will be happiest and that in turn will greatly please your friends. See….you can manage pleasing your heart and people at the same time! It’s just the order of things…heart first, internal happiness second and pleased friends third. :) I’m so relieved that the cat is fine and so are you!! Thank God!
    Your sunset pictures are incredible! Looks like postcards…perfection!
    I’ve had a troubling day so far….got a panic-stricken call from my sister who had just been with Dad. He’s having some medical issues but refuses to see the doctor. I called him and yes, you guessed it…scolded him, lovingly, of course. And I’ll be going to see him on Friday, and bringing some garden goodies to share with him. If he hasn’t called the doctor by then, I might have to insist he do it while I’m there…or maybe I’ll call. Please think of him in your prayers…I’m worried.

    • Kathy says:

      Brenda, I seem obsessed about writing heart-following posts lately. It may be out of of my system now. The heart may be satisfied, you never know. So sorry that your Dad is having some medical issues! Sending prayers and love…hoping all will be well and that he’s recovered to enjoy your garden veggies on Friday.

  14. sybil says:

    I notice that people have started bidding on your posts. That must mean they like ‘em.
    ;-)

  15. Claire says:

    my comments continued ….. stream of consciousness……..keep writing please Kathy.

  16. Claire says:

    Seems as if I deleted this in error so I write again! I love these sunset photos. A Black Cat that lives to tell the tale has to be considered lucky and it will share its luck with you too by Claire. I love to read your comments which are controlled by your ……… read this then first comment!! :)

  17. Susan Derozier says:

    Kathy – I apologize for being distracted away from your black cat. I was so mesmerized by the gorgeous photos that I simply spaced everything else out. Do forgive me (will you?) and I promise to read more carefully next time. Right now all i want is to go on a sunset cruise and see this for real. Lovely!

    • Kathy says:

      OK, OK, OK, you can be mesmerized, Susan D. I forgive you. You don’t even have to re-read this post. I wrote it mostly because it caused great joy that spilled over into the rest of the day. I hope the photos caused enough joy to spill over into the rest of YOUR day.

  18. Carol says:

    Go with the flow, follow your heart, let it all out – all of them there things.

    • Kathy says:

      Amen, sista! May we forever remember this! (But also not to stifle all the other inner voices which demand Equal Time and Space, even if we don’t let them Rule the Roost.)

  19. Reggie says:

    Gosh, you have such a vibrant way of capturing your inner dialogue, Kathy.

    And I LOVE the sunset photos.

    And I am sooo relieved that both you and the cat are safe and sound. Well done on being sufficiently present to react quickly.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh, Reggie, it’s so fun to play this inner dialogue game! It was also fun to take sunset pics last week. The cat & I both appreciate your well-wishes. Thank the Universe for sufficient Presence. It was a close call.

  20. Barb says:

    Oh nice Kathy – glad you followed your heart. My mom was very superstitious. If she saw a black cat she would make every maneuver possible to make sure it didn’t cross her path, including turning the car around and heading back in the direction she just came. I can’t even imagine the bad luck of killing a black cat. Phew – glad you averted that! What fabulous sunset photos. That was a big fiery sun!

    • Kathy says:

      Barb, whenever someone announces a superstition, I almost always announce its opposite as true. For example, I believe Friday the 13th is the luckiest day. Don’t you? I am glad that your mom never killed a black cat. So very glad.

      • Barb says:

        My mother would definitely say you are wrong. However I may try your opposing view and see what happens except I will never, never break a mirror – NEVER!

  21. bonnie says:

    Good one Kathy. Loved the setting sun. Good night and sweet dreams.

  22. Joanne says:

    I’m a firm believer that actions speak louder than words! That was one of my “later in life” lessons, along with “don’t put labels on people”, as they may (and are entitled to!) change their minds at the drop of a hat! I know I do…. I’m so pleased to hear that the cat survived, even if the car may have suffered a minor heart attack! Life is far more important than machinery. And those sunset photos are brilliant Kathy! :)

    • Kathy says:

      Life is far more important than machinery. Yes, Joanne, I so agree! Glad you camera-crazy lady like the sunset photos! But I’m not putting a label on you as a photographer. You are MUCH more than that!

  23. Whew. I can’t say about purple cows, but our white-furred cats are certainly pink under.

  24. Stacy Lyn says:

    People-pleasing or not, the result was the same – a good read!! <3

  25. dawnkinster says:

    Black cats can be very loving…when they’re not running out in front of people and scaring them. I’m sure it’s glad you were present enough to stop your recycling filled car. And thanks for the sunset too. I missed ours yesterday!

    • Kathy says:

      I would like to pet a black cat right now, Dawn. I wish that you can enjoy a sunset within the next 48 hours. Yes, that’s my wish for you.

  26. What a beautiful sunset! ♥
    (yep, just looked at the pictures…didn’t read any of it ;-) )

    • Kathy says:

      Michaela, my word-loving self is sobbing in this cup of tea. It thinks you didn’t love it. It thinks–sob!–you only liked the sunset pictures. It doesn’t know how it will get through the rest of the afternoon. ;)

  27. CMSmith says:

    We have the choice to read or not read. Please yourself. ;)

    • Kathy says:

      That is the best way to think, Christine! We ultimately all have to please ourselves in this blogging business. (But I don’t believe in suppressing wandering thoughts,either.) :)

  28. Elisa's Spot says:

    Maybe, no matter what we wish to express, someone else makes an assumption about it–or no thought at all. Perhaps, without being bluntly told, people, In this case readers, have NO idea that we have been vulnerable or not. Do we(writers) expect them to know? How do we give the reader the sense of an end to a place of being vulnerable or not, so that the writer isn’t static. Is that the writer’s job, or defect of character thought that may or may not come from how the written word is valued and placed in time.?

    • Kathy says:

      These are very good ponderings, Elisa. I suspect you are right–often our readers have no idea that we’ve been vulnerable at all. Sometimes we expect them to know; other times we don’t. I have challenges with sometimes expressing a vulnerability, letting it go (forever? for a minute?) and then the reader thinks this is a truism forever more. When it perhaps was only true for a minute or six days. Am learning better to be with the expression of the moment and allowing it to be true for a minute or six days. I think that our writings are only “true” in the moment but much of the time our minds like to cement things in the past or project them into the future…

  29. Connie T says:

    Your sunset photos are beautiful. I once hit a dog. It highly upset me and tore up my car. It ran in front of me on the freeway. I didn’t have time to stop.

    • Kathy says:

      I am sorry to hear about you hitting a dog, Connie. That must have been awful. I’ve hit deer before. Not fun. And our daughter hit a bear once. Really not fun.

  30. Hmmm, we just got a black kitten (though he does have a tiny patch of white and the faintest brown/black stripes)…

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