Sunday, April 18, 2010

Jan's Photo Contest Entry

Jan's Funny Farm is having a contest.  April 26 is National Kids and Pet Day, so they are looking for pictures of (appropriately) kids and pets.  Naturally, I don't have any pictures of myself as a kid with a pet.  So I went to the old style photo album and found one...
OK, now the story behind it...

[Photo removed due to objections by human subject]

The "kid" is my younger sister Susie at age 12 (She will probably kill me if she ever sees this).  But I was 18 at the time, so she was my "kid sister".  It was the 1960's (can't you tell by the couch?).  The kitty is our 2nd Siamese cat.  We had just gotten her.

Mom was in charge of cat names and decided on "Hai U Phin" which meant "Pretty Little Girl" in Hawaian or Thai.  I forget which because the previous cat's name (Kenani) meant the same thing IIRC in the other language. 

While the picture is of Susie, Hai U Phin (pronounced "HEY YOU" - Mom's joke) was the youngest child's darling.  Hai U was 3 when Jennifer came along and she (Jen) carried that poor cat all over the house.  Hai U mostly slept on Susie's bed, though, out of self-protection.  Little sisters do not go into Big Sister's bedrooms...

Hai U lived a long happy life in both Maryland and New Hampshire where she enjoyed hunting chipmunks and mice.  She died peacefully at about age 19.  She (and Kenani) is the reason I have always loved Siamese cats and was so happy to finally get Ayla and Iza later in my life.

By the way, as an interesting side note, see the nativity scene on the table?  Dad built that stable.  He shingled it with mahogany veneer on an "old board game".  An original 1935 Monopoly Board!  Wouldn't we love to have THAT back...

So this is my Kid and Pet entry. 

Question:  Dare I send Susie a link to this post?  Or is that tempting Fate too much?

13 comments:

Jan's Funny Farm said...

What a neat story. Thank you for sharing this. This link should be in tomorrow's post. We say should be because we hope it will auto post just after midnight tonight. But one never knows...

You know Susie better than we do. Dare you send her a link? She might enjoy it. Or --

Cheysuli and gemini said...

We think it is a great story, but of course we are speaking for the Siamese not Susie...

Brian said...

I really enjoyed the story and the picture!

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

We fink you should send that link to your Sister. Twelve is a really ugly age and we think that she actually looks pretty cute. The hair is good and the shirt looks nice too. The kitty is adorable! What's not to love?
(Well, just to add a little snark, the glasses are not too stylin')

momsbusy said...

moms loves meezers. so this is a super photo. we like the kitty's name to. moms said that is a vintage 60's side table too. her parents still have one.

kazoku neko

Cory said...

We love the story! Mom had Meezers when she was little too! I think your sister might get mad at you, but she'll get over it!

Jacqueline said...

A great photo and story; it's nice that you are carrying on the family tradition of Siamese kitties with Iza and Ayla.

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Oh, she may be mad at first but reading the story that goes with the photo...she couldn't stay mad!

Alasandra said...

Well we has no idea why she would be mad at you we thinks cat & sis are very cute together, and what a sweet story.

Mommy is laughing, she thinks her folks had the same couch when she was little. ~AFSS

Katnip Lounge said...

Oooh, we say send the link! Mommy has always loved Meezers too, and finally got me last year! Come on over and say hello!

xx May Ling

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

That was a cute little meezer, and very patient too!

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

What a great story!! We think you should send Susie a link for sure!! The PM has a little sister and would do it in a heartbeat!!!

Susie said...

OMG,what were you thinking????
Mom just took me to her hair salon where they gave me an "old Lady doo" and I was devastated. I cried my eyes out, see how squinty they look? You put it on the web? Just for the record, the next year found me with longer straight hair and John Lennon wire frames.
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