Friday, 17 June 2011

Devil Cat

My family has gathered ranks around me since my heart attack.

Last night my son, his wife and my grandchildren came over, more I suspect to check that the voice on the phone saying I was fine wasn't a recorded message and I really wasn't propped up in the corner like some bizarre scene out of "Weekend at Bernies." After reassuring them I hadn't dropped off the perch, we settled in for a lovely night of chatter and catch up.

My grand daughter, who is 5, loves to draw. Every time she comes over she draws me some sort of picture, usually happy homes and flowers, sunshine and beach and the odd crocodile. All the nice things that 5 year old girls draw. Then, a couple of weeks ago she drew me this:

I thought it was pretty good and a little different to what she normally draws. Great control of the pencil, a bit of flair, a few hearts. Very touching.
"Is this a cat?" I asked her.
She nodded. "Yes," she said. "A Devil Cat."
I had to ask. "What's a Devil Cat?"
She rolled her eyes and sighed. "You know, just a Devil Cat."
Unfortunately I'm not really familiar with Devil Cats, but being the Nanna and supposedly the wise old soothsayer of the family I nodded as if I knew what she was talking about.
"Ah, yes," I said. "A Devil Cat."

Last night, as per usual, she drew me another picture. As she casually gave it to me, she said, "here you go Nanna - another Devil Cat for you."
I had visions of Garfield with red trim, happy, smiley, little hearts and kisses and flowers.

And here it is:

WTF???  There's something about Devil Cat this time that's a little off centre. I don't know whether it's the flaming arrows or the little black hula skirt, but Devil Cat seems to be having a bad hair day. I hope those red marks on Devil Cat's face aren't sores, because then I think Devil Cat may have an issue with substance abuse. My granddaughter was so calm, so confident with this one that I didn't dare question her about the finer intricate details. Perhaps a Devil Cat is all it is, no more, no less. Make your own interpretation.

Perhaps this drawing is just a reaction to all that has happened over the last few days.
Perhaps not.
Perhaps it's a prediction of things to come, like the end of the Mayan Calendar.

If this is the case, then I'm in deep Devil Cat Doo Doo.

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