Mother Love

April 6, 2011

As soon as I heard about this week’s Gallery theme I knew which picture I had to use. This one:

All right, all right, I admit it’s not a true instance of mother love. Keen observers will have spotted that this is not a child. It’s the divine Mme Bovary again, and it’s not even a new pictures, I’m pretty sure I’ve shown it to you before. But it is one of my great favourites, and I get the same rush of love when I see it as I did when the girls were small and I pored over their baby pictures.

The truth is that teenagers are not the easiest creatures in the world, and they do tend to answer back. Cats, on the other hand, are small, furry, reasonably loving, and don’t say, ‘you’re the most rubbish mother in the world’ or ‘I’m going to live with my Dad when I’m 16’ and all the other lovely phrases that ping around the house on a bad day. Usually, our days are good and everyone is reasonably contented, even in our current building site state. But the great thing about Mme B is that she never, ever says a harsh word. And that seems quite restful at the moment. The girls do accuse me of treating her like a third child. Even TL has been known to point out that she is a cat. But I’m afraid I do persist in thinking that she is one of my brood, just one that behaves a bit oddly in wanting to eat rock hard catfood pellets and hide under the sink. Just look at her. Who could resist? Awwww.

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  • Potty Mummy April 6, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I’m convinced. (You had me on the not answering back bit…)

    • Dulwich Divorcee April 12, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      Isn’t it bliss? Do you have Potty pets yet?

  • PippaD @ A Mothers Ramblings April 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    So adorable! I can’t believe I haven’t noticed before now how much she looks like our youngest cat. I shall have to post a picture for you to compare!

    • Dulwich Divorcee April 12, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      Oh I’d love to see a picture of your junior catlet, let me know when it’s up!

  • Mum In Meltdown April 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I couldn’t resist her!! And your right about them not answering back it’s fab! She is a real cutie though.

    • Dulwich Divorcee April 12, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      There’s nothing like a bit of furry silence, is there?

  • Addy April 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    She is indeed gorgeous. Is she a Tortie and White?

    • Dulwich Divorcee April 12, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      She is a little Tortie, and still quite dainty despite all our efforts to overfeed her on Purina (we all like big chubby comfy cats)

  • Mummy V April 6, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Awww, gorgeous! I do agree, our cat was our first child and is firmly established as a much loved member of the family! 🙂

    • Dulwich Divorcee April 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      Oh quite right too. Though she/probably sees herself/hiself as the lynchpin of the family rather than just another member 🙂

  • Sparx April 11, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    When I was pregnant, I used to lie in bed stroking our then-cat and wondering how on earth I was going to love my son more than I loved the cat. Sad I know, but I reckon it was a close-run thing.

    • Dulwich Divorcee April 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      Mmmm I’m with you there! We didn’t get our cat until the girls were quite big but I do wonder what would have happened if I’d discovered cats first ….shhhhh!