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September 1, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Kiss. Don’t tell.

Cinderella always held special meaning for her.

Not that she sat on the kitchen hearth – or wore rags.

No, there was always polite kindness. The sort given to those not true sisters.

She was theirs, but a half-note different. Felt.

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Dreams, like prism rainbows, are real. ©

She dreamed. Dreamed of a warmer smile and tighter embrace. The one without thought given to their own.

Cinderella. Or perhaps Snow White?

That one bloomed where planted and endeared herself by her thoughts and deeds to those not her own.

So she, too, was determined to do  – in hopes that someday…

The day had been dreary.

She carefully avoided being underfoot.

Came immediately when called.

Oh, too fast.

Princess in hallway. 1920 Princess and the Goblin.Jessie Wilcox

Oh, no! Will this ruin everything? (1920Jessie Wilcox Smith/

She’d intruded. Frozen. Hardly daring to breathe.

A mistake.

No summons would have given.

Now standing like a black sheep among the snowy.

Afraid to even shiver.

Then, she was noticed. A slight stir of uncertainty swept the room.

Fairy tale illustration old woman and child.1920. Princess and the Goblin. Jessie Willcox Smith.1863-1935/ life+75/

You think We did not notice your efforts, child? (1920.JW Smith/

The Dowager, with cat-like grace, glided to stand directly in front of her.

There, in front of the entire court of the Realm, the Regent leaned over and softly planted a kiss – then another – directly on her nose before settling her Great Self regally down.

Stunned silence held the room.

Dare she risk breaking the spell by expressing thanks? What was the protocol? She leaned forward –

“Close enough!” Accompanied by RC Cat’s half raised paw. “Do not, my dear Molly. Take care that you do not overreach. You now have Our permission to withdraw.”

Hardly able to contain her delight, the Molly cautiously backed out of the room and scampered down the hall to the couch.

It HAD happened. It was Not a dream.

Molly stared cross-eyed at a spot on her nose that was still slightly moist and breathed in deeply – sighing over the remembered soft warmth of that feline Kiss of Recognition.

Was it wrong to be kissed and tell? 

After all, finally, all in the family.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

(While it would be delightful to see pictures of the recent Kiss of Recognition, Staff has been warned by RC Cat that to publicize such private honors would  mar their significance.)

It was real. Dare I hope it will happen again?

It was real. It did happen. Does this signal the cease of hostilities? Time to “Tear down those door gates!” (Nice of everyone to call a holiday in honor of this great event.) ©




  1. katecrimmins / Sep 1 2014 1:55 pm

    This is indeed significant! Molly’s training has progressed to the point of passive acceptance and sealed with a kiss! Holy holiday!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 1 2014 2:16 pm

      Totally unexpected. Molly is so bored with all the rain, she just wants a friend. RC, though has reinforced this morning that manners – and distance – are still expected. Enjoy the day and thanks for sweeping in to chat


  2. Beth / Sep 1 2014 1:56 pm

    RC, what a truly benevolent act!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 1 2014 2:18 pm

      It was a kindness to a dog desperate for a friend. That half raised paw is still a lethal warning not to be so rude as to invade personal space without permission. Hope the day is nice there and you are able to get out and enjoy it! Thanks for pausing to chat.

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  3. Carrie Rubin / Sep 1 2014 2:23 pm

    Hmm, let’s hope it wasn’t merely a strategic move for something more sinister down the road. A ploy to mislead, perhaps? Get Molly’s guard down and then pounce? Let’s hope not…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 1 2014 3:16 pm

      You do know her, don’t you….(Staff is urging caution, but impulsiveness and congeniality won’t listen) Hope you relish this last bit of holiday and free time. Thanks for slipping by to chat


  4. PiedType / Sep 1 2014 3:46 pm

    What a beneficent ruler RC is.


  5. Paul / Sep 1 2014 4:47 pm

    Ahhh, RC shows her true colors – in private. We had a couple of cats once – one of which was the mother of the other. Normally the mother was very aloof around her offspring and would swat him if he got too close. But when the chips were down like thunderstorms or other scary happenings, they would cuddle together for mutual support.

    Great post Phil. Give my best to RC and Molly. Paw wave!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 1 2014 6:33 pm

      As embarrassed as The German is to talk about it, She and Granny were quite cozy as long as no one was around to see. We’ll see how things go before removing the gate across RC’s favorite sunny room. (Although the taunting across the room at the poor locked out Molly is rather rude…)Hope your day is simmering in a good way. Thanks for wandering in to chat


  6. robstroud / Sep 1 2014 5:32 pm

    Would that human beings could act so magnanimously.


  7. dogear6 / Sep 1 2014 7:26 pm

    You sure Molly didn’t just imagine it? I mean come on, a cat has an image to uphold! And to a cat, a dog is just a . . . well, never mind.



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 1 2014 9:25 pm

      If we hadn’t seen it, wouldn’t believe it. (The fluffy regal throne-stye seating with the half-raised paw would have made a great picture worthy of Elizabeth R….Sadly, photos were strictly forbidden during the inner sanctum meetings). But today, no repeat…back to cat taunting dog from luxurious sunny spot. Who knows what is going on between those ears. Thanks for bouncing over today


  8. colonialist / Sep 1 2014 8:26 pm

    Beautifully drawn scenario.
    There is a carefully-concealed thread of kindness in cats. Where the subject is worthy, real affection – nay, devotion – can be the result. We had a mutually attached cat/horse combination, once.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 1 2014 9:34 pm

      Horses seem to like adopting pets. This was the (I’d say sweetest moment, but RC has a reputation to maintain) certainly surprising. Although RC has never run from Molly, those out of control jumbo paws have been ducked once in a while. Can’t have the royal fur mushed. Thanks for those astute observations


      • colonialist / Sep 2 2014 6:43 am

        Wrong way round though it may seem, in the case of Coojee and Socks it was more the case of the cat having a pet horse.


  9. EllaDee / Sep 2 2014 1:41 am

    It’s impossible to fathom what goes on in a feline mind. Truly enigmatic but a beautiful gesture nonetheless 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 2 2014 1:17 pm

      It was a freakish incident. Is RC Cat so glad that Granny and the German aren’t here she’s made a decision? Maybe RC is trying to tell us she’ll accept this one – but no more – don’t bring one more in! None. Somethings up..and she’s not sharing it. Thanks for pondering along


  10. jannatwrites / Sep 2 2014 2:55 am

    What a sweet moment! I hope the acceptance is permanent and not just a fleeting feline thing 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 2 2014 1:19 pm

      There’s a lessening of hostilities, but RC still avoids any match with flying dog paws…Molly doesn’t realize how heavy they are – even with us. Seems like progress…unless there’s secret plot brewing. Thanks for that fine phrase observation


  11. Nora Blithe / Sep 2 2014 3:17 pm

    Our dog sort of bowls the cats over to varying degrees — the harder the cat in question can scratch the wider its berth. The dog endures this with good grace. A true victory for her would be to entice one of them to play with her. THAT would be epic!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 2 2014 7:13 pm

      No living thing wants to be in front of Molly at a full run. Somehow when her paws are churning, people and cats become invisible to her…must be a Malamute/Husky thing. If we had a bigger yard, we’d have a playmate dog…the cat keeps begging us to move. Thanks for racing over with your dog vs cat adventures


  12. Robin / Sep 2 2014 3:21 pm

    Of course there should be a holiday for such an event! 🙂


  13. heretherebespiders / Sep 3 2014 7:26 am

    Lovely! I’m jealous. Over five years now and the Siamese just won’t let the dog anywhere near him. RC is a smart one!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 3 2014 2:53 pm

      We had a small sized-Siamese for a bit – she terrorized dogs – all sizes. No quarter given. Attack. Attack. Old Tiger would stare her down and protect Perfect (and wonder why we let that one in). Talk about an extreme positive self image. Quite a guard cat, though. Thanks for pawsing to chat


  14. Ally Bean / Sep 3 2014 3:44 pm

    Wowsa! I never would have believed such tenderness could exist between those two. It’s a new day for all us.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 3 2014 10:54 pm

      Out of no where – complete surprise. No repeat, yet. Maybe RC is throwing in the paw and signaling she’ll accept this dog if we stop bringing any other home. Or it’s a plot… fingers crossed. Thanks for wondering along


      • Ally Bean / Sep 3 2014 11:00 pm

        Not to be cynical, but the plot idea rings true with me….


  15. jmmcdowell / Sep 4 2014 12:29 am

    Rulers have been known to have ulterior motives for their actions…. But I hope this was an honest indication that Molly is now a full member of the Realm!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 4 2014 1:58 pm

      RC is rather smug and refuses to speak of it (and we can’t tell if she’s working very hard not to laugh behind that placid smile…). But Molly is thrilled and feeling more secure and confident…much too confident…Staff is keeping a close eye. Thanks for gathering up a comment


  16. Aquileana / Sep 6 2014 1:39 pm

    Cool post… I think it was Sleeping Beauty who was awaken by a charming Prince’s Kiss… But also the same thing happened with Snow white… Am I right?. Not sure…
    Thanks for a clever and ready-witted post!… Best wishes and happy weekend to you, Aquileana 😀


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 6 2014 5:49 pm

      Depending on the version both were kissed by a prince. Snow White seems to come from a German fairy tale that was retold by the Brothers Grimm (in 1812 it was Tale 53, and revised in 1854). In some versions, the poisonous apple is dislodged from her mouth as her coffin was carried beside the prince and she wakes. Many of the older versions are very violent – suggestions that on eversion was based on Maria Sophia…who didn’t wake.
      Sleeping Beauty(Aurora) by Disney was really based the Grimms’ story Little Briar Rose and Perrault’s The Sleeping Beauty.
      CInderella slept in the kitchen by the hearth/cinders and was tormented by step mother and half sisters – until she met her prince, kissed, and then lost her slipper.
      (Molly the Malamute, however, refuses to wear any sort of galoshes or Wellies.)
      So many fairy/folk tales also have roots in mythology. Intriguing to read all the versions and variations.
      Thanks for wandering these woods and words. Enjoy the day!

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