Sassy goes to preschool in the afternoons. Getting ready for school, or to leave the house for any reason really, is a process with her. She has always been a ball of energy, easily distracted by something more interesting than the previous task. She never remembers where she leaves her shoes, misplaces a sock from the pair I've given her to put on, and always HAS to finish which ever episode she's watching on Netflix at the given time. Two skips around the room are required before she brushes her hair, she may have to practice her cartwheel ONE more time before she puts on her coat, and you better believe there will be some squirrel watching before climbing in the car.
It seems I'm always growling at her to "Hurry up!" I find myself wishing that she'd just get herself ready without me constantly having to hover and remind... and... and...
That was until tonight. Until we read "Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat,? Are You Waking Up" before bed. It's funny how one small thing like a book can put your whole world into perspective.
Sassy is my little kitty cat. From the time she was small she'd pretend to be a kitty. We gave her kitty personality a name - Sassy. Sassy still comes to visit once or twice a week to this day. I think that's why the book made things a little clearer.
"Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up?" by Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson is a story about a mama cat trying to get her little kitty out of bed and ready for school. Little Kitty doesn't want to get out of bed. She pulls all kinds of antics like practicing her purr, playing with her dish and chasing a mouse. Finally mother cat gets her baby off to school.
Sassy and I giggled our way through the book. Both of us agreeing this little kitty acts an awful lot like her. As I tucked her in, and started the music in her CD player it hit me. Pretty soon she is going to be able to get herself ready for school on her own. In less than seven months she will start school full time. She will learn to be more self sufficient. In less than 10 months she will be SIX. In no way, shape or form do I have babies, let alone toddlers. In a few short months I will have TWO school aged children.
This mama cat's not ready for that.