Laurel and Hardy used to lament getting into “another fine mess.”
The great wordsmith of our time, Ke$ha, sings of being a “filthy hot mess.”
And, this week, one of the awesomest AwesomeAdopters since Mrs. TwinkieCupcake has made a major mess of the social network in Suite A.
No doubt Dobro is the Mark Zuckerberg of the Suite, masterminding his own business…and everyone else’s. Pluck this guitar-named guy from the suite, and suddenly nobody would know their role anymore. He’s quiet but misses nothing (and hisses at everything). He’s the man with the master plan. He’s got the skills to pay the bills. He…okay, I’ll stop.
Fortunately, Dobro is still there.
If Dobro has all Suite A’s furry faces in his book, then Beta is his muse, his Pepper Potts, and his Della Street all in one. Walk in at just the right time and you’ll catch them in classic formation: Dobro with eyes wide and watching, Beta laying on her side, belly sort-of up, like a goddess on a half-shell. The glowy-eyed calico lets the world think that Dobro is the brains behind the operation…but Suite A’s system grinds to a halt the moment you remove brilliant, beautiful Beta.
Happily, Beta is still there.
Valencia sees Suite A from a different angle than her comrades. Literally. In a room of Van Goghs and Rembrandts, Valencia would be the lone Picasso, head tilted perpetually to one side. It’s a funny trait: cute, harmless, and utterly Valencia. Sure, it was probably caused by some persistent ear infection eons ago, but Valencia works it to her advantage. A tilty head is all the better to scope out human beans with, and report back to the mastermind and company.
Yes, Valencia is still there.
Scooter puts the wild-eyed wackitude in this feline caste system, with the crazy hair and the “demon goatee” befitting his off-kilter aura. Suite A needs Scooter’s mojo and his hiss to remind any foolish humans that this social network becomes decidedly anti-social if you’re not a cat. Of course, anyone who hangs around long enough will realize that Scooter (like Beta and Valencia and even Dobro) is just as sweet and darling a soul as any lap-cat, just in his own, touch-me-and-you’re-dead, I’ll-kill-you-with-my-mind kinda way. I’d venture to say the cat with the hair of mad scientist is a little misunderstood…and he likes it that way. Scooter helps to keep humans on their toes in Suite A.
As you might imagine, Scooter is still there.
That rounds out the original team of utterly awesome, human-hesitant, cat-cuddling cats of Suite A. Well…almost.
At the hub of this spinning wheel are the three Okinawans. Or, rather, they were.
Sometimes-pettable Pikachu (and his legendary belly) and his teeny, tiny, fit-’em-in-a-thimble siblings Miyagi and Kimiko, brought an exotic air to Suite A’s social network. Even if they hadn’t come 35 hours through the air and over the seas, there would be something otherworldly about this timid trio. It’s not just their supernatural cuteness or big-as-moons eyes. It’s not just their mad, matchless love for one another (and any cat within 8,000 miles). And it’s not solely the fact that they are, in fact, actual ninjas.
No, the main reason Kimiko, Pikachu and Miyagi brought rumors of another world to Suite A was this: even more than the average cat, they brought souls together. Across time and distance, cats and people linked hearts for these three. Or, more to the point, with them. To the casual observer, it would seem that people – Japanese, Americans, soldiers, spouses, even development directors – came together to help the Okinawan cats. And they did. But, I’d wager that Miyagi, Kimiko and Pikachu knew exactly what they were doing in building these bridges. You may not be able to touch them, but look at those Buddha-calm faces and you know these three are plotting something…something lovely.
So it was shocking and earthshaking (or at least Suite-shaking) when a woman with a heart as big as the Pacific sea scooped the Okinawans from their old social network…forever.
Believe the unbelievable: all three Okinawan cats have been adopted, together.
Truth be told, Suite A is still in a little bit of disarray from the shock. Dobro still rules, naturally, but everyone else is figuring out where the heck they now belong in the pecking order. (We’ve complicated that by bringing in anti-timid Elijah, too – but more on him in the near future.)
Suite A will always be better for having hosted the tiny Okinawan cats with the huge, wise hearts. Thanks to Pikachu, Miyagi and Kimiko, cats who may have bonded in discrete pairs now constitute a happy herd – a social network with enough love to go around (well, if you’re a cat). The Okinawans’ love for one another spilled and slopped right over the brim into the lives of other cats…not to mention lower beings like us humans.
Thanks to Miyagi, Pikachu and Kimiko, we Tabby’s Place folk and our (human) Okinawan friends are forever connected by the heart. And the AwesomeAdopter who danced into Suite A last week, ready to adopt three ninja-cats she may not be able to touch for months or more, now joins the endless story.
Even as their new lives begin in a forever home, the Okinawan cats will always be there – here – with us.