I didn’t make it to the party! I tried, I really did! I missed a very Important Date!
Naturally cats are curious creatures, as evidenced by all the cats in Wonderland and Through the Looking-glass. There was Dinah, Alice’s darling cat and her kittys - the white one and the black one- always playing with balls of yarn and not like getting groomed. And who could forget the Cheshire Cat?
So Zuni was on patrol as folks were setting up for tea parties and even had her entourage with her including a photographer whilst she was yielding to her curiosity.
OK, Truth be told, sometimes, especially in the darkness of night, she very much reminds me of a raccoon. Yes, a raccoon. I could be mistaken for that girl in that commercial letting a raccoon into her house, because I cannot tell you how many times I have gone out at night with a flashlight, spotted her tail and exclaimed, “There’s a Raccoon!”…..only to find out it was our darling Zun-Zun-ikins!
She lead me to some sights underneath the beloved ferns … and frankly I was disbelieving at first…It looked like a Fairy Tale Tea-Party from my childhood dreams…filled with Hansel and Gretel type visions (oops, that’s another story) and lots of honey - could it be?
Zuni cast her glance to me, and then leapt up to meander along the fence as if to say, “But, of course!”. On the other hand, I was still a tad perplexed, but decided I would go along, as she was the one telling the story …
She encountered a chain of temptations as she strolled the fence-line…Butterflies, Honeybees, other Cats (namely Cookie and Web-der), "Something special" - being a coastal kitty that means Fish, and of course Hearts galore - as she is loved, loved, loved! But trudge, trudge along the fence-line she went.
Ok, honestly, I had no idea where this was going! Trying hard not to get too excited, with the look in her eyes, she let me know JUST what was going on..
The makings of a Mad Tea Party!!! The table was set, the flowers were extra pretty- Gardenias! I could actually smell their lovely scent! The tea pot steamed with what? Chamomile, Mint, Lemon Verbena? Mmmmmm.... I could only imagine the scurrying around that Zuni saw getting this all set up ;)
Zun- Zunikins! What would Alice say?.... A wink of her eye and a twist of her head, Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread, She spoke not a word, but went straight to her work (oops, wrong story – Again!)
The other kitty-cats lined up in a row, ears perked, listening intently. There was so much going on, it was hard to keep up with her story, yet curiouser and curiouser I became!
And there it was….the through The Looking Glass vision Zuni showed me of my Ancestors. There they were in a corner of the garden looking over us. She was flipant, of course, as she showed me, but I was quite a bit taken aback. “Yes, they are always here, don’t you know that?"
And so it was, into this madness I accepted all that she showed me. I stepped through the Looking Glass, lost in her adventures as she led the way.
In her impatience, she gave me an inquisitive look as if to say, "Don't you want to see who else was at the Mad Tea Party?
Yet another Fairy Tale tea set awaiting who knows who, maybe you?
Zuni poured her heart into it -
(OK honestly, I did not realize that what I was typing was the layout of the charm brooch! cat=Zuni, poured=teapot, heart=heart), Madness, I tell you!
-Pointing the way to a plethora of A Fanciful Twist inspired Mad Tea Parties across the world!
Zuni said it was time for her nap - Imagine That!
Did I mention that among her entourage there was an Interpreter? Well, there was. Zuni left a little note that read ...
Dearest Vanessa, Mr. Lovee, Baby, Matty, et al,
Boy, ya'll sure caused a ruckus around here! You should have seen Blanche running around like a Mad-Woman! I got my fill of 'something special' for sure! Between all her photo-shoots and boating/fishing adventures I had about all the fish and shrimp I could stand (not really). Please accept my sincere thanks and appreciation for your hospitality and kind spirits.
Much love, light, and good naps,