the story of a cat

I keep forgetting to post this story from February 2009.

My friends and I were on a small trip to central Italy (Umbria). We were staying in a small villa in the middle of nowhere, by ourselves, and making day trips to various nearby towns to explore whatever they had to offer.

One bright day, we were wandering the sloped streets of Spoleto on a Saturday when we happened across a cute cat outside of an art/framing shop:

The cutest little cat...

She pranced back and forth, demanding attention. Each of us in turn gave her a scritch, which she accepted proudly before moving down the line to the next person.

During this action, we attracted the notice of the shop owner, who had been sorting his collection lazily. I looked up and noticed he was looking at us petting the kitty, realizing it was either his, or one he at least looked after regularly.

He put down his framed poster, smiled the largest smile I’d seen that trip (and there had been many!) and shouted two words through the panes of glass at us to our endless amusement:

“Prima donna!”

Prim Donna!Wish I had a better picture, but what a facial shape and markings! Good memories.

1 thought on “the story of a cat

  1. Just out of curiousity, I happened to be looking at the Cherokee alphabit symbols on, ”I believe,” Picture History. I was hoping to find more documents or samples of it. Well, your home page address was at the bottom, so I clicked on it. As I scrolled down your page I came across your story of the cat,when I came to the end of that story, I giggled,it put such a smile on my face that it had caught my husbands interest & he needed to know what was it that gave me such a reaction. So I passed along your story of the cat & I just wanted to let u know that we loved it! ”Fantastic Little Story!” Sincerely, The Johnsons

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