Jessica Lehto - Blog

Jessica Lehto - Blog

06 - Cats

20091208Posted by Jessica Sun, October 18, 2015 13:12:01

Something I would ponder about later was dad's feelings towards cats.

His last phone call to me, made in the end of November, was about these little creatures. Niklas had two cats, Darwin and Newton, who moved in to my parents when he did. My father was so optimistic when he called, his enthusiasm about these cats was heartwarming. Even before their arrival he looked forward to having them in the house and it seemed to be working out very well. He spoke a lot about them during this final conversation, and I clearly remember him saying how he had always loved cats.

The thing is, when I sorted through some papers and old books of mine a few months after his death, I found this book where a few childhood friends had filled in stuff about themselves. Things like favourite food, favourite music, that kind of stuff. I had asked my dad to fill in one of the pages as well. Two of the questions were about what you love and what you hate. There, with his peculiar handwriting - it really had more character than beauty - he had written "Cats". On the "Things I hate" section. No mixup, since he next to "Cats" had written "War".

Pity, how I never got around to ask him how this made sense if he had always loved cats. :) I'm sure there was an interesting story behind it.

Pity, how many things we never got around to, my father and I.

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Posted by Jessica Sat, November 12, 2016 19:26:09

I bet that is true, though that kind of doesn't cover up for having disliked cats all those earlier years, his love for cats wasn't present since always ;) I don't think the teasing thing could apply there, then he had written "bunnies" instead, or maybe "horses", cats weren't among my top three animals at any point. Well. I guess it's just one of those things we'll never know about for sure, but it's still interesting to speculate :)

Posted by Biggest Brother Wed, October 21, 2015 07:30:19

Perhaps he loved the cats because they moved into the house along with his son? A reason good enough. He really missed us kids when we left home, and even more when we left town. When our youngest brother left for UmeƄ, I remember him having trouble sleeping and how he used to stay up at night, cleaning the floors, tidying up the house and just standing by the window, staring out.

I clearly remember how he disliked cats, at least outside, because they used the childrens playground for pooping.

Of course, then again maybe he was just teasing you in the first place, writing cats as one of the things he hated? Our brother's cats didn't go outside. Maybe if they did, he wouldn't have approved?