How Do You Learn New Tricks?

My adult life has been going on for decades now. My cat ownership, however, is only a few months old. Be assured, Trixie is teaching this old dog new tricks. She quite often presents issues that require answers, research and experiments, and I am learning as I go.

For example, what does Trixie like to do?

There is one particular type of toy that Trixie enjoys – a soft, ball-shaped thingy with frilly tinsels sticking out. She throws it in the air, catches it with a paw and a claw, holds it close for attack and pummels it with her hind feet. Really fun times.

Trixie has nearly destroyed the first one she had (in a good way, as she loves it so much). It had been given to her as a homecoming gift, and I thought it would be nice find another. Problem was, I saw the one ball she likes in a bag of eight to ten things she doesn’t like – a bag costing $4.99 at Target or Walmart or Big Lots.

I’ve grown weary of spending $4.99 to $19.99 for my version of Trixie lottery tickets – maybe she’ll like it and it’ll be worth it; or maybe she won’t and I just wasted those dollars. Then I remembered that there are pet stores. They sell all kinds of pet-related items – a la carte. On a stop at a pet store, I found Trixie’s favorite kind of ball for just $1.65. I bought it. She loved it.

Point is – as I go along, I am figuring out how to invest in the things that work for her and how to avoid the things that don’t work for her. My decision-making is evolving.

Further, as I adjust to my life as a cat person, I am learning some new tricks. For example, call me crazy, but I didn’t want Trixie to stand on the printer in my office and put her head through my mini-blinds. Although she enjoys doing so very much. So, I placed Contact paper sticky side up on the printer, and she doesn’t stand there anymore. Apparently, cats don’t like to stand on sticky substances. Me either, so maybe that’s something we’ve got in common.

A friend said to me recently, “I can’t believe you’ve never had a cat. You seem like such a cat person.”

Yeah, I know. When the day comes that they describe me as someone who was largely known for cat observations, I can be like one of those anecdotes of the people who found their purpose late in life. You probably know what I’m talking about…

Col. Harlan Sanders didn’t franchise his first KFC until he was 65. Laura Ingalls Wilder of Little House on the Prairie fame didn’t publish her first novel until age 65. Grandma Moses, one of the biggest names in folk art, didn’t start painting until she was in her 70s. And Minnie Lamberth, known primarily for her cat observations, didn’t get a cat till she was… oh, do I really have to say? Many of you were my classmates, so you already know how old we are. But that doesn’t mean a new thing isn’t just around the corner.

In any case, lots of people have found a new purpose later in life. Or made a big change. You can see all around you people adopting children in their 40s, or going back to school in their 50s, or moving to another state or even country to take a job as they near this 50 mark.

Some of the changes are big and bold, yet it’s just as relevant if you do the more subtle type of change – perhaps becoming more restful, trusting, hopeful and grateful. Odd but true – you can see the world change around you if you change how you view it within you.

I hope you’ll like what you see in 2018.

I look forward to continuing this magnificent journey with you.

Merry Christmas!

– Minnie Lamberth
The Magnificent Journey
Vol. 1, Issue 15

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