I’ve heard it said that in life, you’re either a dog person or a cat person. I am most certainly not a cat person.
I don’t trust them. They lull you into a false sense of security, purring softly on your lap and then – BAM! they dig their sharp claws into the soft wobbly flesh of your thigh. They’re far too clever for their own good.
The other thing about cats is that they bring back a bitter memory for me.
It was a warm September evening. I had ventured out of the house and into London Town for an evening of free wine and singing at last year’s MAD Blog Awards ceremony. I was dressed to the nines, with a pair of very high heels. I felt good.
And then, from nowhere, I started to feel sick. I’d been shortlisted, you see. In the Best Baby Blog category. Up until that very moment, I had just been pleased to be one of the finalists. But, in seconds, that happiness turned to a feeling of dread and sweaty anticipation. Suddenly it wasn’t enough to just be a finalist. I wanted to WIN!
As my category came up I looked around the room nervously, with a rigid smile plastered to my face. My friend, Northern Mum, grabbed my hand. “Remember, it’s all about the winning,” she whispered reassuringly.
And then…. *big dramatic pause*
“The winner is – DIARY OF THE DAD!” *huge applause*
Of course I did the obligatory clap. I even threw a smile in the direction of the sickeningly talented man who had beaten me. Then I had a glass of wine and forgot all about it.
That is, until I got a text from my mum, “Never mind love, it’s about the taking part that counts. You did lose to a boy, but… there’s always next year.” Thanks mum.
And you know the worst part of it all? That bloomin’ winner – Tom – is a “cat person”. He even works for a well known charity of the feline variety.
And that, my friends, is why I don’t like cats.
This post may or may not have something to do with the fact that nominations opened earlier today for this year’s MAD Blog Awards. I would love to be at the ceremony again this year and rather like the look of Best MAD Blog Writer or Best MAD Family Life Blog.
If you enjoy reading my offerings I would love you dearly if you popped over to the nominations page here and threw a nomination my way.
This year, I want to do it for all the “dog people”.