I kept waiting for someone to ask why I refer to you as "kittens" but, alas, nobody has. I am certainly one for the theory that, as the brilliant Carrie Fisher once wrote, "Instant gratification takes too long." Therefore, I'm going to tell you, anyway. I am a cat lover. The only pets I have ever had (aside from a random fish or hermit crab, sadly, never long for this world in my care), have been cats. We got our first when I was 12, an orange tabby that we, oh so creatively, named Garfield.
As I said, I love cats. But "Kari's Cats" would have been a partial fail, alliteration-wise. Sure, it would have SOUNDED fine but it wouldn't have LOOKED nearly as cute as "Kari's Kittens" and, for a change, I wanted my ego to rule the day. However, it also works on other levels. Kittens are adorable, let's face it. Even those who are not "cat people" (do such people REALLY exist), like kittens. Kittens are adorable, playful, frisky, open to new experiences and constantly learning. I guess that sort of fits how I see us, all passengers on this journey through polish, having fun and learning from each other. So, please know that when I refer to you as "kittens", these are the sorts of things I have in mind. Without you, this blog wouldn't mean a whole heck of a lot. Would I continue to write it? Probably. Its been a great cathartic release for me and brings me great joy. To be perfectly honest, I would likely continue to write it even if nobody read it but me. But does it matter that you DO read it? More than you can possibly know. As a "kid with issues", perhaps most-deeply ingrained being the idea that "nobody likes me", having you wonderful people actually give a damn what I have to say, for whatever reason, is one of the greatest affirmations I have ever received. It matters, YOU matter, a great deal and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for embarking on, continuing with and, hopefully, enjoying the hell out of the journey we are taking together. Meow, kittens. xoxo