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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Family Pet (05/15/08)

TITLE: Momma Mia
By Shelley Arnett


She came into my life when I was only three years old, so I donít recall a time before her. She was a cat named Mia, and in her mind, I was her kitten. Whenever I cried, she was at my side licking my hand. Whether she was trying to console me or simply stop a noise that hurt her ears Iím not sure. But she was always there.

Mia was smart. Okayómaybe it just seemed that way compared to our other cats. There was Molly, who would spend hours staring at the back of the couch with her tongue hanging out. And then there was Ziggy, who was once chased around the house by a gerbil in its exercise ball. Mia was definitely in charge.

She taught me to be a fighter. Mia was not afraid to defend our yard, I mean her yard, from any and all intruders of the feline or canine variety. She also disappeared for three weeks, presumably trapped somewhere (not her fault of course). Mia suddenly reappeared at the back door quite skinny and ready to reclaim her place as the feline queen. Even a brain infection could not stop her, although she always walked around with her head slightly tilted after that.

She taught me to play. No- she didnít go for the clichť ball and string toys (Mollyís favorite.) Those simple toys were beneath her. Mia loved hot wheels. She would sit at a curve of the plastic track with a look of sheer anticipation in her eyes. When the unsuspecting car would zoom by, Mia would send the car flying with a swift wipe of the paw. She actually tried the same tactic with cars on the television, but wasnít quite as successful.

She taught me that sometimes being finicky is okay. I didnít trust people that she didnít approve of. Needless to say, I was relieved when my fiancť was introduced to the family she quickly climbed up and claimed his lap as a suitable napping spot. Heís a keeper.

She taught me that goodbyes are never fun. Mia got mad every time the suitcases appeared and remained miffed for weeks after we returned. But upon my first return from college, her reaction was quite unexpected. Miaís eye got huge and she refused to come anywhere near me for several days. I honestly believe she thought she was seeing a ghost.

Return from college? But I said I got Mia when I was three. I did. Mia lived almost twenty years. Goodbyes are indeed no fun. Long live the queen!

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Karin Beery05/22/08
I really enjoyed this! You did a good job of introducing me to your cats in so few words. A small pointer: check up on comma usage. Not many problems, but I like to leave constructive criticism (even if I have to search for it). Well-written!
Susan Storm Smith05/22/08
Enjoyed the movement of the story. The way you drew out the lessons learned was really cool (smile) Long live the queen, indeed.
Joshua Janoski05/23/08
In just a few words, you gave the reader great insight into your life and your cat's life. I really liked reading the part about the Hot Wheels cars.

I can tell that you really loved your cat and that she loved you. I really enjoy reading stories like this. Thank you for sharing. :)
Joanne Sher 05/23/08
This entry has SUCH personality - along with your MC AND Mia. I loved this!
Holly Westefeld05/27/08
Awww, no fair to make me fall in love with Mia, when it is already too late to meet her. I loved the comical scenes you painted, and the precious memories.
Lollie Hofer05/28/08
This was a sweet, sweet story told in a fun voice. What a great cat! Thanks for sharing her story with us. Her story made me smile.
Joshua Janoski05/29/08
Congratulations on taking 9th place in your level with this piece, Shelley!