Accepting What You’ve Asked For

Scratch, scratch, scratch….I look over from the kitchen sink and it’s Edmund, my cat. He’s sitting on his hind legs, both front feet on the sliding glass door, pawing away and looking over at me. It’s his way of saying “let me out”.  When he wants out, the pawing frequency increases and he becomes very vocal. Some days it’s “please, can I go outside” and other days it’s “let me outside now!!”

So I open the door, he looks out, and then turns back into the kitchen. All of that commotion and he didn’t even go outside! If you have cats, you know this is normal behavior……Fine, I go back to washing the dishes.

A few minutes later, the same scenario happens; more pawing on the door and more meowing. I open the door and he just sits there and looks outside. I try to shove him out, but he won’t go. Okay, that’s twice…..

Not 5 minutes later, the pawing and let me out mantra continues. This time I tell him “I’ve opened the door twice for you and you didn’t go. I’m not opening it again”. He quietly stops and walks away. Yeah right! This is a cat not a dog….. The pawing and meowing become more demanding!

Fine, I’ll open the door and…nope. He doesn’t go, will not go, and when I try to push him out he digs in and becomes this impossible to move dead weight. Ughhh…why do you ask for something and not take it when it comes?

These antics continue till and finally, at his timing, he runs out the door. If I’m really impatient with him, I’ll pick him up and just toss him out. You should see the look of surprise when that happens. “You’ve been begging for this, here it is, now go get it!”

Every time this happens, I have to wonder if I do the same thing. Do I pray please give me (fill in the blank) and when it appears, say no thanks, I’m afraid, or for whatever reason don’t accept it? Then after it disappears, I realize what just happened.

Crap, I missed out! Please bring that to me again, this time I’ll use it. It is given and again I don’t take it.

Doesn’t make sense does it?  I know when I’m dealing with Edmund, it gets really annoying to answer his requests and have him not accept it. At times I’ll just ignore him because he’s asked several times and he won’t accept it.  What’s the point of granting your request if you’re not going to use it?

Definitely makes me pay more attention. Currently, I have a few open requests. I’m going to make sure when they appear that I graciously accept them right away.

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