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Morning Rituals

2012-12-13 - By Town Creek, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. Every morning, the neighbor horse and pony have come to expect treats from Mema, Geniece Marcum. It's more imperative with a snow-like frost. She's coaxing the pony to have its share of the apples - the finest Sav-a-Lot offers - but the horse doesn't appear to quite understand the notion of taking turns. Usually, Mema's accomplice, Mema's Cat, trails happily along. Mema's Cat is as amiable a sidekick as Pat Buttram, but this morning, its own nutrition took priority, and it was on the porch eating its breakfast; it has the heart of Mother Teresa - but its Garfieldian pragmatism always prevails. Mema's Cat is not her cat. It may be George, Ethel, Fuzzikins, at another household. It's probably a neighbor's - or just a citizen of the world. But in the animal kingdom of Town Creek, they always know when Mema is home. Mema's Cat is just a generic name. We don't even know its gender, even though she tries hard to instill a modicum of manners in the animal. Each morning, as she re-enters the house, the door lingers open uncommonly long, and a moment later, she's scolding the cat in a loving way, telling it that it knows it can't stay in the house, that it knows better, and not to ever do it again. The ritual usually is about 10-15 minutes, while the cat explores, progressively each day, more and more of its sternly forbidden trespass. -EW from My very favorite mother-in-law Clicking ReadMore accesses Mema's Favorite Senior Quest joke, best read over morning hot chocolate, at a breakfast table or coffee shop near you, or on your iPad anywhere.
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