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Writer's Block: Lassie, come home!

Have you ever had a pet that ran away? Did you eventually find her or him? If not, how long did it take you to recover?

The first cat I ever had ran away several weeks after my mother gave him to me. I named him Socrates because I had just turned seven and was under the impression that Socrates was a famous painter;  I wanted nothing more than to teach my cat how to paint like the black kitten in the Aristocats. He was black with probing yellow eyes and another kitten of his litter belonged to my younger sister. Socrates was standoffish in the typical feline way, which didn't deter me from carrying him around everywhere. We never found him and a few weeks after he ran away my sister's cat Ebony followed suit. I've had many cats since Socrates but his memory is the one that's been referenced the most in later life; my fifth grade class was out hiking on a week-long camping trip when our nature guide happened upon some hemlock. The subject of the first dicussion in my Law and Politics class was Socrates. Today, I'm completely besotted with  Ancient Greek and Roman history. I had this cat  for three weeks at best but he'll always stand out in my memory. 

Upon reflection, he probably fled out of embarassment of his name.   

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hyacynthe
Jan. 16th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)
Hi! I was just browsing through the answers to the Writer's Block, and I really liked your entry because I also have an affinity for Greek/Roman history, so I hope you don't mind me commenting here. It's really too bad that you lost your cat, but I think it's really neat how you managed to turn this story into an interesting anecdote to retell. Did you ever get any pets after this?
esquire_esquire
Jan. 17th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
Hello! I don't mind you commenting here at all, I'm glad the story piqued your interest. I honestly hadn't thought about it in a while and I usually bypass these prompts but as soon as I saw the question it all came back quite clearly.

I'm very interested in ancient civilizations in general, but the Greeks and Romans have always held a special fascination for me. Their societies were so complex and dynamic and the idea that the foundations for Western literature, art and religion were cemented in these regions is one that has yet to stop impressing me. It's always nice to hear another person's affirmation of love for ancient history.

I've had several cats, ranging from the serene to the savage, since Socrates but in every case they've either run away or I've had to find alternate homes for them. I'm very fond of cats but can never manage to keep one for more then a year or two. I'd really like an iguana,or livestock of some sort (goats, sheep) and I'm willing to one day abandon the city for the country in the hopes of being able to procure the latter.

Is your pet history as dysfunctional as mine is or are you one of those unfathomable beings who manages to keep their animals long-term?
hyacynthe
Jan. 18th, 2011 04:04 am (UTC)
I guess that's what's great about the Writer's Block prompts, because they really make you think. I wish I could say the same for myself, but I've never had a mammalian pet, so I can't really relate to these stories. After all, when do fish run away?

I really like ancient history as well, but I personally pay more attention to their myths and philosophies as opposed to more definitive things such as their architecture. The Greek and Roman histories have always made me interested, but at the same time, it makes me feel a bit... hollow, because of the way the empires declined at the end.

Goats and sheep? That sounds really interesting. Have you ever looked into getting an alpaca? I've been told that they make very friendly pets and produce very warm wool.

Well... I've lost more fish than I'd like to remember, but I've never had a true "pet" because of my mom's allergies. When I go to college, I'm definitely going to get a cat or something.
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