Monday morning dawned wet and cold, the kind of day where I prefer to stay in bed and sleep in. You can imagine my irritation then when a deep, booming voice resounded from outdoors, reverberating throughout my apartment. Irritation gave way to awe and wonderment as I heard the beautiful words, "I have a dream...." The poetry of the words and the tone of the voice wrapped themselves around me. "I have a dream," the voice repeated. I love hearing about people's dreams so I jumped through the pet door and launched myself onto my deck where I could hear better. I could see my neighbor Bob sitting at attention on his deck next to mine. "Hey Bob," I whispered. "What's going on? Who is that?"
"Shhhh," whispered Bob. "That's the new guy in C403. His name is Othello. He's one of the few successful feline Shakespearean actors. Today he is honoring the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by reciting the leader's best known speech.."
"Huh?" I said. What I meant was who ever heard of a famous feline Shakespeaerean actor?
"Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." Bob repeated. "He was a leader in the area of civil rights."
"Civil rights? What does that mean?" I asked outloud but my brain was still trying to figue out what a feline Shakespearean actor was.
"Shhhh, Oliver." Bob sighed. I could tell he was getting annoyed, but seriously a feline Shakespearean actor? "Just listen, Oliver. It'll make more sense if you just listen."
So I curled up on deck table and listened as the new cat, Othello, continued reciting the words that first moved a nation so many decades ago. "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.' " I continued to listen as the words washed over me making me feel a strange sense of hopefulness and peace. I wish I had known this leader of civil rights.
I'm curious, kids, what can you tell me about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? I'd like to know more about the man that penned those words. And what are your dreams? I'd like to know what human kittens dream about. In the meantime, I'm going to bake some catnip cookies to bring to the new cat, Othello. I've got to see this feline Shakespearean actor with my own eyes. Who knew?