You can't always get what you want. This is what Mom tries to teach us, but normally we are spoiled, over privileged cats, and we’re accustomed to the world revolving around us (Mom’s words). We were extremely disappointed that our presidential candidate, Chewie, did not get elected for president of the United States. We voted for him and campaigned for him. That should have been all that was necessary. Phooey!
Mom says she has voted in several elections that her candidate didn’t win. “You win some and you lose some.” I guess she’s older than we realized. Was she around when Abraham Lincoln was president? She’s ancient! Anyway, the reason she told us this stuff wasn’t to emphasize her age (her words), but to tell us that she survived despite not getting her way. She also blathered on about not making the cheerleading squad in high school, not winning the writing contest, and a list of other stuff, but we tuned her out. She told us life is full of disappointments, but instead of pouting and acting like the world has caved in, we need to focus on what we have. Whatever!
She gave us some new catnip mouse toys for a Valentine’s Day gift, and Dad uses this cool thing that makes a red dot move around the floor and walls. We chase it like we’re kittens so the world feels right again. We love the fact that we have a roof over our heads, good food in our bellies, and all kinds of soft places to sleep in our house. I guess Chewie becoming President of the United States wasn’t going to change any of that for us anyway. We just thought a dog would understand an animal’s needs more than a human. Plus we knew we could manipulate him BIG TIME!
We still think the world revolves around us, but we know that sometimes even we can’t always get what we want. Supposedly we’ll develop strong character learning this lesson (Mom’s words), but we’ll just soak up her attention, and worry about that another day. Actually we won’t worry about anything because we’re cats, and our attention span is like that of a toddler (Mom’s words).
There's always failure. And there's always disappointment. And there's always loss. But the secret is learning from the loss, and realizing that none of those holes are vacuums. ~ Michael J. Fox
Hope is tomorrow's veneer over today's disappointment. ~Evan Esar
The more we shelter children from every disappointment, the more devastating future disappointments will be. ~ Fred G. Gosman