In which to gain access to our apartment one must first open the door of the downstairs main entrance, turn to the right, and then climb two short flights of stairs. The heavy door at the main entrance is made out of transparent, ornamented glass and standing next to our apartment door at the top of the two flights of stairs an antique shoe cupboard adorns the landing. Shoes of all descriptions are usually neatly lined up both infront, and inside the cupboard, patiently awaiting somebody to use them.
It was early in the evening and it is here, on the top step of the stairs, that the “lads” had decided to bind their time.
Back to the right.
Gently does it.
Watch out, it´s going to fall!
In that instance, directly after Mr Midnight having excitedly called that it was going to fall, it did fall . . . . . and landed on the bottom step of the lobby.
Actually, there was no significant damage, but the mess was atrocious.
You made me nervous with your frantic commands. Why didn´t you just leave me to it?
I wanted to guide you through the proceedings Sir Winston. Anyway, you shouldn´t be so jumpy.
But just look at all the mess. You know how much daddy loves cleaning, and when he gets back from that place he visits every day, he´s not going to be too pleased about the chaos we´ve created.
What do you mean by “chaos we´ve created”? You knocked the bowl down the stairs. We´d better lick up as much milk as possible before he gets home. If we´re quick about it, he might not even notice; apart from the bowl lying at the bottom of the stairs. 🙂
But it´s a disaster and it looks terrible!
There´s no use crying over spilt milk Sir Winston. It was a bit of a silly idea anyway what with your inquisitive nature and ambitions of trying to eat and drink just as the humans do.
I don´t want to eat and drink like the humans do. It´s often been commented by other animals that most humans have terrible eating habits anyway. I only wanted to have the bowl on the top step so that I could sit on the step below and drink milk as though sitting at a table. It´s good manners and shows a certain sense of etiquette.
Well I think it´s a daft idea. It´s obviously not supposed to be Sir Winston.
I´m the one who usually knocks things over. In future, try and use your bowl the same way as other, normal cats do please. Afterall, even though you don´t like going to our “pawtys“, you are still a normal cat.
It´s no wonder the accident happened what with your fretting and nervous nature. Let me give you a piece of advice Mr Midnight.
If you expect or fear that something will happen, then it most likely will. You should be more careful with your thoughts. 🙂 The accident happened because you expected it to happen.
I won´t allow it to happen again. Sorry for all the trouble. Now let´s get this mess cleaned up as quickly as possible.
Suddenly, a shadow appeared outside through the large ornamented glass window and a key was heard being inserted into the lock of the door.
He´s back! ! ! ! !
Hello you two, what are you up to? Have you both had a nice day?
What´s the bowl doing at the bottom of the stairs and why are the steps covered in milk?
Mr Midnight reasoned; it´s pretty obvious I would have thought. 🙂
We were trying to use the bowl as though sitting at the table, just like you do daddy, but we somehow misjudged the ledge and the bowl fell down the steps.
Well that´s a bit of a silly thing to do isn´t it?
Oh yes, we´ll not do that again in a hurry. It was a ridiculous thing to do. Sorry daddy.
Oh that´s alright. Worse things could have happened and I suppose that it´s not a problem if we learn from our mistakes.
That´s the spirit daddy. A nice laid-back attitude works wonders. Worse things could happen at sea, as your strange human saying goes 🙂
Well thank goodness we are not at sea! 🙂 I can just imagine the mess you two would get into.
That´s it. Never lose your humour!
I know a few human sayings about making mistakes. Would you like to hear a couple?
If you must Sir Winston. 😉
Of course we do. Go ahead.
A Mr Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, in “The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe” once stated that There are people who make no mistakes because they never wish to do anything worth doing.
There you go then daddy. We wanted to do something worthwhile and ended up creating disaster. That was a mistake worth doing and Mr Goethe would be proud of us. 🙂
Do you really think so?
Here´s another quote.
Make it the last Sir WInston.
Mr John Powell once stated that the only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.
Which proves my point, as I´ve already stated.
And my favourite quote upon this subject is from . . . . . . . . . . .
Please Sir Winston. Make it your very last. I think we have all got your point.
Let me finish Mr Midnight. You are so impatient. I only wanted to say that an englishman by the name of Mr Martin F. Tupper . . .
Who wants a “cupper”? Darjeeling would be fine, but with plenty of milk please. I don´t want any of your Lady or Earl Grey stuff.
Daddy, Mr Midnight keeps interrupting me and now he´s moved onto the topic of tea.
Mr Midnight. Pipe down. Allow Sir WInston to tell us his last quote.
Mr F. Tupper once stated that Error is a hardy plant; it flourishes in every soil.
Fantastic stuff Sir WInston. I´m glad we´ve got that out of the way.
By the way daddy. Talking of plants. I have a small confession to make.
Go on then. Fire away.
I was in the garden this morning and I accidently knocked over one of your plant pots. It broke into tiny pieces but Sir Winston and Mr Squirrel helped me tidy things up. It´s only my inquisitive nature you know, but I´ve already learnt by my mistake. 🙂
A piece of advice daddy – You shouldn´t place them all at such precarious angles. Accidents are bound to happen 🙂
So it´s now my fault is it Mr Midnight?
Well in a way, I believe it is. Fancy putting plant pots where young cats can get their paws on them.
And what´s happend to some of my shoes which were all neatly lined up in front of the door by the shoe cupboard? I only left them out because I´d cleaned them all and didn´t want the smell of shoe polish to get into the cupboard.
It´s Mr Midnights inquisitive, curious nature. He can´t help it daddy.
I was curious to find out if those stringy things attached to your walking gear were alive or not.
He means shoelaces. 🙂
They were not alive! 🙂
Well you could have at least tided up afterwards.
One day, your curious nature could get you into big trouble.
As the saying goes . . .
Not again Sir Winston!
Curiosity killed the cat
I hope not, I´ll learn daddy, I promise. 🙂
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