By Diane Ako
Olivia wanted to bring our cat, Ocho, for Sharing Day at school. There is no way Claus is going to arrange his schedule to bring the cat, wait for the cat to be presented, and then bring the cat back home.
Just so happened I took a couple of vacation days to just catch up on errands and personal things (including sleep!) so I offered to do it. The teacher was nice enough to rearrange the Sharing schedule to accommodate this.
Ocho should be a pro at it because we've trotted her out for the past two years, but - cats, go figure. She was unhappy at being paraded for a class of second graders.
I tried to spin it positive for Ocho, telling her this is more petting in 30 minutes than she would get in a whole year. She would hear none of that. Or was it because she couldn't hear over a chorus of excited children greeting her?
Ocho was actually a real trooper and allowed herself to be groped by 20 children. She didn't really try to run away (much). She didn't yowl, and she doesn't bite or claw in general, so she is a good cat to introduce to new people.
The night before, Olivia and I also baked and frosted cupcakes for the whole class. Olivia was very proud that she (sort of) did it all by herself, frosting and all.
She was super pleased with herself for being a hit on Sharing Day, and I was very happy to make her happy.
Now if only we could get the cat on board with all this warm fuzzy. Rest up, Ocho. Next year comes sooner than you know it!