So, there I was, up at 2:30 am working working working and beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The world around me was quiet. The house was quiet. The Mad Kitten had run herself so spastically in and out of the house that she was finally tired and cute and laying on her back in my lap with her back feet poking up in the air, toes spread (which is another sign she is happy) while with her front paws, she held her comb and was merrily chewing on it and purring away when I had an idea.

You know, one of those ideas that comes out of no where and makes perfect sense to you because you don’t stop for an instant to think about it. And it did, it just seemed like the thing to do in the moment.

I measured the cat.

You see, when she lies like that her jelly belly just spreaaaadddds out and I was curious. A little guilty too, we have been banging through a bag of treats a day just to keep her out of my hair while I madly tippy-tapped away.

She is 18 inches long. Just a hair under 12 inches tall, and when she is lying on her back. Her stomach is 13 inches wide.

When I was done measuring she tucked the comb against her chest and reached up and patted my face.

There are moments when I think perhaps she and I spend a hair too much time together.

Then again, that’s my baby.

c.2011. Cassandra Tribe. All Rights Reserved.


About cassandratribe

"There are few artists that can do what Cassandra Tribe does. Whether with her poetry, her videos or her blog, Cassandra examines the truths that most of us can never come close to realizing and shows it for what it is, both beautiful and frightening at the same time. She exposes our inner-most workings like the cross-section of a powerful but flawed machine, our gears and springs, nuts and bolts removed and laid out before us. She is a true artist. Her new video, Requiem for a God, is the latest example of Cassandra's willingness to tear open and examine the very things that make us human. Shooting the film entirely by herself, she also eliminates all the little excuses we come up with to keep us from ourselves and our truth. You see, even when she's not trying to be, Cassandra Tribe is a beacon of truth and humanity in this darkest of worlds." (Michael E. Quigg, The Culture Network, June 2009)
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