THE SEE-THROUGH CAT
by Andreas Economakis
Last night I had a strange dream about cats. I was with my family somewhere by a lake. As we walked the small dirt path between the woods and the water, we came across a cat with her litter of tiny kittens. Delighted, I knelt down and started to pet the little ones. One of the kittens was so excited he was bouncing around like a plastic ball. He bounced himself right into the lake. Miaowing and splashing about, he struggled to stay afloat. Panicked, I started to get undressed, ready to jump in and save the drowning kitten. A moment later, while I was pulling off my socks, an elderly woman waded into the lake and swam out to the struggling kitten. The white-haired woman, who looked a lot like my estranged mom, grabbed the kitten and threw him up to me. I grabbed the little wet one, happy that he was safe. At that exact moment, another cat came walking down the path. This cat was amazing. He was completely see-through, made of clear glass. The little kittens chased his glass tail as he ambled by. I turned to my daughter to see if she’d noticed how awesome this cat was. That’s when I woke up. My cat Rufus was massaging my belly, hoping to wake me up so that I could feed him. I pet him and he rumbled a purr in response. I better get another cat soon. I think Rufus needs company. I can see right through him on this one.
For Rufus, who recently went missing after 15 years of unswerving companionship.
This piece is part of a collection of stories on blindness entitled: The Blindness of Life.
Copyright © 2010, Andreas Economakis. All rights reserved.
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