The Language of Cats

Why don’t men speak catty?  Daniel is so oblivious!

It was Stef’s first time meeting Daniel’s mom, Joanna.  When they walked through the door, Joanna offered an air kiss that missed her cheek by six inches and remarked, “I always admire women who can leave the house without makeup.  I could never do it.”  Stef smiled and bit her tongue.  When making small talk over dinner, Stef mentioned the state college she attended, Joanna made sure to mention how she and her late husband had set up Daniel’s college fund while he was still in the womb.  Stef clenched her fists under the table, then smiled and bit her tongue.  When Stef rose from the table after dinner, Joanna looked at her vintage dress and commented that her style was so “shabby chic.”  Stef imagined leaping across the table, knocking Joanna’s perfect floral centerpiece to the floor and wrestling her to the ground, then smiled and bit her tongue.

Now they were outside in the garden having coffee and dessert and Stef was counting the minutes until they could leave.

“That’s an interesting statue.”  She pointed to an statue of a dog next to the walkway that led to the garden.

“Oh…that was my Gadget.  He passed away six months ago.  Cancer.”  Her eyes were wet.

“He looks like my Bella.  She’s a year old, practically a puppy.  Maybe I can bring her by sometime.”

Joanna put her hand over hers and smiled.  “I’d like that.”

Daniel beamed.

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27 comments on “The Language of Cats

  1. luckyjc007 says:

    Great story. You never know when you might say just the right thing and change a negative experience into a positive one.

  2. ceayr says:

    Nice tale of not nice folk.

  3. k rawson says:

    That’s great. Their connection was a nice surprise!

  4. I’m a little confused. The last line said that “Daniel beamed.” Daniel is Joanna’s son but he doesn’t seem to be in the scene at all? Did I miss something?

  5. Graham Lawrence says:

    Lovely tale. I like the evolution and the outcome.

  6. Joy Pixley says:

    A great portrayal of those awkward times with in-laws (or in my case, family) that you just can’t seem to connect with. I’m glad she found at least one thing in common!

    • Jenn says:

      Thank you! Yes, I have been in this situation myself. I think if you ask enough questions you’ll find something you both like.

  7. Steve Lakey says:

    Wasn’t expecting the change of direction. But it was totally believable. 🙂

  8. Dave says:

    Even the cattiest people can be mollified if you can walk in their shoes.

  9. rogershipp says:

    Two cats… used to being lionesses???? I don’t think this is the last time Daniel will witness the struggle…

  10. So glad she didn’t have to bite her tongue again, I don’t think there would have been much left of it 😉 . I loved the way you told it, and the change in attitude at the end.

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