"What ARE you doing, Oliver?" asked my nosy neighbor Bob.
"If you must know, I'm wrapping a gift for Miss Kitty." I retorted.
I shouldn't be so snappy with Bob. He is my friend, after all, but he teases me about being friends with his adopted sister, Miss Kitty. Actually, Miss Kitty's real name is Darcy. She was named after a famous character named Mr. Darcy in a famous book called Pride and Prejudice by an even more famous writer named Jane Austen. At first, Bob's human thought Darcy Kitty was a boy so he picked a boy's name from a book in Bob's personal library. As it turns out though, Darcy Kitty, unlike the character in the book, is actually a girl, so sometimes the humans just call her Miss Kitty.
Bob's human brought Miss Kitty home a few years ago on Valentines Day as a playmate for Bob, but Bob doesn't really like spending time with her. Bob calls it a classic case of sibling rivalry. Whatever that means.
Darcy Kitty and I get along all right. We both like watching the water skiers on the lake. Still, Darcy has always been rather shy. I guess anyone would have a hard time coming out of her shell with Bob around, but I was feeling bad for me Miss Kitty. I think she could use more friends. Chunkier friends. Friends like me. So, I used my allowance and went online and bought her that famous book by Jane Austen, the one that has her name in it, so she can have her own copy of it. Who knows? Maybe she and Bob will find some common ground and start getting along better. I can't wait to give it to her for Christmas. I think she's really going to like it.
What about you? Have you ever been so excited to give a gift to someone that you couldn't wait for them to open it and see what you got them? I'd love to read about it. Now, if only I could get this tape out of my paws.