Negrita

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Negrita, an all black kitten when I got her, was cute and cuddly.

Her black eyes showed a mysterious and playful disposition and concealed her mischievousness.

Her favorite games could be collectively known as, “Catch me if you can!”

Once when I was trying to take a nap on the sofa after a long bike ride I spied her on the kitchen counter top. She was staring at me from a distance. I could almost read her mind. I told her, “No, don’t even think about jumping on me – I’m too tired to chase you.”

Well, Negrita could never take no for an answer. Sshe leaped from the counter, flew through the air and landed exactly on my exposed stomach. She literally rebounded off me and ran down the hall. She hid well – I didn’t know where she went until a couple of hours later when she emerged from my bedroom.

She surprised me and I was amazed at her jumping ability and playfulness.

But her best trick was when she somehow got stuck on the roof and cried to be let down.

She was on the edge staring down at the back yard. I looked up at her and promised to be back.

I found the ladder and leaned it against edge of the roof, climbed it, got within an inch or two of Negrita, and then she ran away. To the other side of the house.

So I picked up the ladder, opened the gate walked around the house, set up the ladder and walked up once more. Again, I got within an inch or two of Negrita, and then she ran away. To the other side of the roof.

You might start to see a pattern here.
But I didn’t. I got the ladder once more, walked around the house, opened the gate, and leaned the ladder against the roof for the third time.

Guess what? I got to within an inch or two of Negrita, and then she ran away again. To the other side of the roof.

I had to admit I was being defeated by a cat. So picked up the ladder and put it back into the shed. Went back inside the house

Within 15 minutes my cat walked through the front door.

I still can’t figure out how she actually got on the roof in the first place! =)

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