We now return to KITT-FM, where it's all kittens, all the time. And now, broadcasting live from our studios in Purrbank, Cat-ifornia - heeeeeere's your hostess, Mother Catresa!
So, what makes a true friend after all?
Many would cite these characteristics: Loyalty. Trustworthiness. Reliability. Honesty. Integrity.
I love - in fact, require - these characteristics in close friends. But do you want to know what really makes someone stand out as a keeper?
Someone who dresses up as me for Halloween.
Yes, you read that right. Aw, ain't that a sweet hoot and a half?
You see, my friend from graduate school - Cousin Catnip from the Cornfields, who is the subject of a self-titled blog post a few entries back - decided to honor Mother Catresa for her work rescuing homeless kittens. Catnip - otherwise known as Jaime Ingle, from Illinois - created a Mother Catresa nun costume for All Hallow's Eve by adorning the habit with cat ears, and painting black whiskers and a nose on her face. Check out these pictures. (Note: this is the first time the technologically challenged Mama C actually uploaded photos onto her blog!)
When people naturally asked Jaime what the heck she was supposed to be, Catnip told her friends the story of me - her friend in Pittsburgh who has a passion for rescuing homeless kittens, and giving them all the love they can stand. Now, Mother Catresa has a fan base in the Midwest.
Hey, Jaime? I'm very flattered, amused and tickled pink. I have to say, I also am quite relieved that the Kellie costume didn't involve some scary, gory mask.
Thanks for your support and fandom, sweetheart. They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery.
With love from,
Patron Saint of Homeless Felines
(and the "smitten kitten")