Ok, a quick note today because I have work to do: There isn’t much time. The sun is already up. The birds are singing, the sky is blue – for now – Jay is painting the fence today and he needs my help. How do I help? Well, by staying the heck out of the way, of course!

Oh, I hear you ask, but wouldn’t that bushy tail of yours be the cat’s miaow to give Jay a little help with the painting?

Perhaps, I reply, but in order to be of use, vis the repetitive, up-and-down or sideways motion required of a paint brush, I would need to develop all sorts of means to effect an ersatz happiness – the kind required to make my tail move on command. Control would be an issue; I don’t think that Jay has a drop cloth big enough to deal with all the splatter. There’s also the matter of my ability to dip my tail into the paint can in a controlled, non-arbitrary way: frankly, I just don’t think I can do this – you’re asking me to control the uncontrollable, to suspend a force which is as strong and as inevitable as morning coffee.

So, I stay the heck out of the way. I watch from a distance, occasionally yipping helpfully about some spot missed, or twitching my tail in encouragement.

I do my best.




About James McDonall

I believe in laughing, especially at yourself, and as often possible. I believe in "live and let live". I believe that communication is the foundation of all our solutions. I believe that listening is more important than speaking, and that speaking should serve the cause of listening. If you like my writing, I'm available for hire. Please send me an Email to discuss your project. View all posts by James McDonall

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