At The Mercy Of My Bathroom Faucet

First published, 8/19/07

New post coming soon...

My cat Simon insists on eating the instant I open my eyes, so this morning, like every morning, I crawled out of bed the minute Mr. narcissism began to wail for his breakfast-

And like every morning, I fumbled around in the kitchen with my eyes barely focused and my mind in a dreamy haze, searching for the cat’s breakfast while I listened to him sing his chorus of MEOW, MEOW, MEOW.

I have always wondered why cats pretend we cannot hear their repeated meowing? They just keep meowing oblivious to the fact that you're moving as fast as you can. Most of the time I try to ignore him in return,  but this morning, I couldn't ignore Simon's ear-piercing demands. So, without thinking, I opened a can of cat food.

Which is why I didn't discover the blood pouring out of the back of my hand until after I poured my self-centered feline his breakfast- then it took a few more minutes for my brain to register the pain-

I stared at the back of my hand awhile before I realized the effect this accident could have on the rest of my day and my pulse began to quicken with fear. There is nothing scarier than the unknown, and suddenly my future was a mystery. So, at first, I was terrified, but after I ran to the bathroom faucet and put my hand under running water, I was relieved to find that the cut wasn't serious.

However, mothers cannot have cuts on the top of their hands, regardless of how old their children are, we simply do not have the luxury of an injury, even a small injury. Families depend on Mom in special ways, yes, even Mom's with adult children. Therefore, I envisioned my house of cards tumbling down and my family crumbling to pieces, all because of a small cut on the back of my hand.

As I ran water over my injured hand, I searched my medicine cabinet with my good hand for a band-aid, but I couldn't find one. I tried to move the injured hand away from the running water, but the bleeding was still profuse, so I quickly put it back under the faucet. I couldn't believe I was stuck at the mercy of my bathroom faucet simply because I couldn’t find a band-aid.

Sentenced to live my life over a bathroom sink, in bondage forever with my hand under water, unable to live my life because I forgot to get band-aids at the store. Sometimes, I really don't understand what is wrong with me...I mean, speaking of motherhood, what kind of mother cannot remember band-aids? Even if, she lives alone with a spoiled feline?

I have always had a problem remembering to get things from the store, especially for items that bore me, like band-aids, and now I was paying the price. I began to panic, but continued the search while holding my hand under water, until thank goodness, I found one lonely band-aid crumbled in the back of the medicine cabinet- a case of pure serendipity.

I was so grateful...because now I was free to drive an hour to my mothers, wash the endless supply of dirty clothes that one college student can dirty, work on a book proposal, write tomorrows post, oh, and try to remember everything I need from the store, including the ingredients for what I’m going to cook tonight.

Although...it's strange, I feel like I'm forgetting something again... But, if it was important, I would remember, wouldn't I?

Oh well, it's probably just from all the stress I've had today and besides I don't have any mundane items on my list...That is, I don't think I do...I think I just need groceries...


Dawn (Twisted Sister) said...

I must have missed this post first time around. I'm glad I got to read it today :)

I've learned that the problem isn't with the cats... it's us. We need to learn how to tune them out! But instead we rush around trying to stop the howling as quickly as possible.

I've been babysitting Justine's new kitty and the minute she arrives at my door the howling begins. She pretends Justine hasn't fed her in a week and she is starving. I've literally tripped over her trying to get her food into the dish.
I need to get some ear plugs ;)

Have a great day Ann :)

Sandee said...

I remember this post Annie and I'm going to say almost the same thing...put Band Aids on your grocery list right now. Just saying.

Have a terrific day honey. Big hug and lotsa lovies. :)

Anonymous said...

I remember this one...my cats have always been good little furballs - never woke me up to feed them. But funny thing is, my husband got up this morning, went down stairs to turn on the coffee pot and then went back upstairs to get dressed - not his usual routine. Well the cats all barreled down the stairs after him since he feeds them in the morning and were quite confused when food was not available. When he got out of the bathroom all 3 were lined up at the bathroom door waiting for him, expectantly. they are creatures of habit. He said they looked so confused when he went back upstairs without feeding him...Cats!

Roshni Mitra Chintalapati said...

hi! Newcomer at your blog!
Huh! Cats are just like one year olds, eh?! My son starts howling for his milk as soon as he sees my eyes open! Before that, he's quite content to play with his toes!!

Speedcat Hollydale said...

My cat "talks" to me all the time. I don't know who is more crazy, the cat for thinking I understand, or myself, for believing I DO understand!

Been thinking about you Annie. Lots of hugs ;-)

ettarose said...

Because my cat is an outdoor cat I do not have to hear him meowing for food. He catches his own! Although when he wants in he scratches on the window. Owwww does that hurt your ears. I have missed you and always include you in a prayer. I hope you are feeling better. Lot's of love and a big hug!

The Muse said...

A re-run or a new one...as long as I know you are still kicking! LOL :)

"Annie" said...

Dawn, I think you're right...I suppose you have to tune them out or throw them out...laughing~

I'm happy to hear about Justine's new kitten. Little kittens are so much fun...even if you do need ear plugs~

Thanks for reading buddy~


Speedcat Hollydale said...

Hi Ann !!!!!!!!

"Annie" said...

Sandee, I remember you being the only reader who reminded me to get band-aids...I got such a kick out of that...

Thanks for commenting and reading the same post twice...and...thanks for a second reminder. You're a great friend. :))

Big hug and lotsa lovies back~


"Annie" said...

Grace, I laughed at your comment...cats are creatures of habit. Maybe that's why Simon and I have so much trouble getting along.

Thanks for reading and commenting twice...I'm glad your my friend~ I love my blogging friends...yall are sensational. :))


"Annie" said...

Hey Speedy...(laughing) I read your other comment and I was coming back to respond. As always, I'm thrilled you stopped by...I love your comments and I miss you.

I think we're both crazy for trying to lesson to our cats, but they're manipulative creatures aren't they? How is your granddaughter? I'll be stopping by "The Speedcat Hollydale Page" soon to find out what you've been up too :))...

And by the way, thank you, Speedy for sending your hugs and good thoughts. You're in my as well...

Big hug~

Love ,


"Annie" said...

Roshni, Hi newcomer. Welcome to my stomping ground. I'm sorry I haven't been by your blog yet, but I promise I will...Thank you for visiting and for leaving a comment. :))

I'm looking forward to visiting you~


"Annie" said...

Ettarose, (Laughing) My mothers cats have to "sing for their supper" as well. I think some cats are meant to live outside and others would end up stuck in a tree...(like Simon)

And I have missed you too. It makes me feel so good to see I have not been forgotten. Thank you for being you~ :))

You're in my thoughts and prayers too~

Big hug back to you~


"Annie" said...

The Muse, I miss reading your blog... All of my favorite bloggers have commented to this post, and I'm so grateful for the friendship. I know that probably sounds gushy, but I can't help myself.

Thanks for reading my "re-run." And yes, (Laughing) I'm still kicking, I'm afraid ya'll will never be rid of me...I will always be here... :)))

Giant hug~


I'll be by to visit soon...



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Sandee said...

Okay Annie...You've been gone way too long. We need to hear from you, or from your son or boyfriend. We worry about you. Please have someone post something very, very soon.

Big hug and lotsa lovies honey. :)

"Annie" said...

Sandee, Thank you buddy for checking on me. I don't know what I would do without you and Dawn.

It means a lot that you haven't forgotten about me. I'll stop by soon.

Big hug and lostsa lovies back to you~ :))))


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