This challenge comes from a small writing group. We have a large series of random questions that we answer and share. The goal is to answer at least one per week.
If your family had a mascot, what would it be and why?
Meet Our Mascot
Our mascot would most certainly be a cat, not a comic looking cat like Sylvester, but an elegant, slightly down on her luck, cat like Grizabella. Over the years we have been lucky enough to have many cats share our house. It all started with a black and white stray who most certainly had at least nine lives. The most dramatic time with her was when she had gotten into a bottle of medicine that had a loose top, knocked it over, got it all over her fur and licked it off. We let her out in the morning and she crawled under the house and stayed there for 5 or 6 days refusing all food and water. I thought she was a goner and she came out good as gold. She lived with us for several years and at least three new homes.
We had a couple of Persians move in next and they were from a really good bloodline and would make great show cats if one were so inclined. The female slipped out of the house and destroyed that pedigree line with her six kittens from a neighborhood Tom. With eight cats in the house now, my daughter developed an allergy to cats. We searched to find good homes for all the cats and we were heartbroken so we kept two of the kittens. These had to be both inside and outside cats so the dander would not bother my daughter as much.
These two stayed with us for many years and another three moves to new houses. In the animal world we had several dogs and a couple of rabbits in addition to the cats. Somehow the cats always seemed to belong in our house and worked out the best for us in the long run.
Today my daughter has three cats and her daughter also has three. We still manage to get the occasional dog or bird or lizard or tarantula or fish in the same house hold with cats. I guess you are destined for pets or not in the universe and we are certainly the lucky ones.