Sagacious Sassy: Lessons From a Beloved Feline

Updated on February 8, 2017

Sassy

Source

Glenna, my paternal grandmother, is a big-hearted, beautiful soul. Not only does she care for many people, she’s also become unapologetically attached to Sassy, her seven-year-old cat. Sassy, with her well-fed body and silky white fur, routinely regards me with suspicion whenever I visit. Her devotion to Grandma Glenna, in contrast, is another matter altogether. Repeatedly, I’ve watched Sassy perch on her owner’s lap and gaze adoringly, almost amorously, at her. This spectacle has inspired me to jest that no man has ever looked at me so rapturously. I might, truth be told, become unnerved and concerned if one even did.

Sassy, like many of God’s creatures, can (and potentially should) teach us about the art of living. She, akin to all other cats I’ve known, recognizes the value of sleep. I’m uncertain precisely how much she sleeps, yet rarely will one of my visits conclude before I’ve witnessed Sassy slumbering. Unlike most adult humans, myself included, she is not remotely nervous about unfinished tasks. Instead, on locations ranging from Grandma’s bed to the corner of her laundry closet, Sassy sleeps. I’ve inadvertently awoken her upon arrival, and, with a disdainful look—it’s almost as if she’s saying, “I did not invite you to my castle; you are unwelcome here”—she surveys me warily before resuming her siesta.

Source

As an unremorsefully skeptical creature—I genuinely pity anyone convinced they’ll be able to convert me to believe most anything—I appreciate Sassy’s unbelieving stance. Unlike certain canines, she does not enthusiastically respond to visitors. Instead, even if it is my second visit in a week, she’ll gaze guardedly at me before deciding if I am worthy of her affection. There is an upside to this behavior: Once I’ve passed her inspection, she’ll occasionally lavish attention on me. Her affability, since it isn’t instantly or reliably acquired, is subsequently invaluable.

Source

Her understated curiosity inspires me. Whenever something new—a blanket, jigsaw puzzle, person, etc.—arrives, Sassy will, if awake, saunter over—and, since she isn’t a slender creature, this isn’t a graceful traverse—to investigate. Mere days after Grandma Glenna received an extra soft lap blanket from my mother, it was fully covered with Sassy’s fur. She wasn’t, unlike more impatient, fickle creatures, content to examine it only once or twice. Eventually, true to form, she lost interest and found other places to rest.

Grandma has a maroon-colored easy chair which Sassy likes to perch on top of. From this vantage point, she can stare out of the large west-facing windows. What exactly she’s looking for and/or at I cannot say, yet she can clearly appreciate a view. As a seasoned hiker and backpacker, this is a practice I am also well-versed in. Even if natural wonders aren’t available, I savor seeing what is occurring outside my living space.

Source

Despite being a self-proclaimed “dog person,” I’m intrigued by Sassy’s stoicism. Enthusiastic she is not; effusive behavior does not become her. Despite having invaded “her” living space time and time again, I don’t know if I’ve ever received a particularly warm welcome. Instead, presuming she isn’t asleep underneath Grandma’s bed, she’ll offer me a discerning look before deciding if I am allowed to pet her. Sometimes she’ll accept petting despite my intuitive sense that she’s merely humoring me. She doesn’t, not surprisingly, need me to validate her existence. Her confidence and/or self-worth doesn’t hinge on whether she receives my approval, praise, or attention. Given I cannot always (or at least easily) achieve such self-containment in my human relationships, I admire this quality. It inspires me to question whether if, albeit sporadically, acting more like Sassy would improve my life. Any interest in joining me?

Do you own a cat?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Julie K Henderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie K Henderson 

      18 months ago

      Dear FlourishAnyway,

      Thank you for your comment. Sassy has personality to spare. I enjoyed writing about her.

      Take care,

      Julie

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      18 months ago from USA

      Sassy sounds like a real gem. I love the quiet confidence that cats exude.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, pethelpful.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://pethelpful.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)