By: Maria Libera Vallone
Cat and Mouse
by Mitzi Morrato
“Pussycat pussycat, where have you been?”
“I’ve been up to London to visit the Queen.”
“Pussycat pussycat, what did you there?”
“I frightened a little mouse under her chair.”
I did some research to find out the origins of this rhyme and found that it dates back to the history of the 16th century Tudor England. One of Queen Elizabeth 1st’s waiting ladies had an old cat which roamed throughout Windsor Castle. One day the cat ran beneath the throne where its tail brushed against the Queen’s foot, startling her. Fortunately ‘Good Queen Bess’ had a sense of humor and announced that the cat could wander about the throne room only if it kept it free of mice!
What a perfect Thasc greeting card to match this rhyme!!!! I have always had a special love for cats as far back as I can remember. My first and most special cat was named “Tesoro” or “treasure” in Italian. It is also used as a term of endearment to mean “My Darling” (Tesoro mio).
Tesoro was such a special cat and did silly things most cats won’t do, like jump in the bathtub when I bathed or sit on top of the fridge and use her paw to whack soft balls back to me as I threw them to her. She could also jump higher than any cat I’d seen. She lived to be almost 20 and by that time she was my “daughter”. I could never imagine a life without her. I was so affected by her passing that I swore I wouldn’t get another cat again. And I didn’t….until 27 years later. Her name is Sofia. I forgot to mention that both Sofia and Tesoro understood only Italian commands. My friends always laugh but now some of them give Sofia the same commands especially at eating time: Vuoi mangier? Do you want to eat? (pronounced: Vwoy mahn-jar-ray)
I’m sure many of you are cat lovers like me. Why not send a comment to the blog and tell me about yours. And if you are a dog lover, fear not. I have another wonderful Thasc greeting card on “Dogs”, my blog for Thursday.