My next door neighbors' cat is named Violet. They actually have two cats, but one, the black and white one, is an introvert and we have not been properly introduced. Violet, however, always makes herself known. She meows as she prances right up to me and then rubs her body along my calves and my ankles.
Yesterday, when I came home from teaching 3rd graders how to create a Paul Klee Kopy Kat, I put my stuff inside my home and then walked back out to check the mail. Violet was there waiting on me. She meowed, showing off her sharp teeth and pink tongue. She pushed her feline body into my legs, purring at the pressure. She rolled on her back and batted at a dry leaf. She would let me pet her, rubbing my hand along her bony back, but only for a few seconds. She was determined to be in control of the situation, coming and going flirtatiously, whipping her tail around real slow like. She purred as she made her way between my legs and into visit my garage.
"You're right! You are a flirt," I said to her, thinking of the Advent word I had selected earlier that morning. "Let me go get my phone so I can take your picture."
I had no idea how hard it would be to take a photo of a cat, especially a flirty one. I have very little experience with cats. I don't believe I've ever seen Violet sit still, that is, except for when she is hiding under our mini-van when the school bus arrives. I have seen her down the gutter and up the pine tree though.
This is the best photo I got of her, and I decided it was worth a shot to create a piece of art from. This week in my art classes we worked with watercolors for the first time this year. I also watched a short YouTube video by this artist yesterday morning, and so I was feeling inspired to use watercolors.
My interactions with Violet have been so lighthearted and playful. It makes me happy to see her, to touch her, to want to be wanted by her, on again, off again in a Blushing Wild sort of way. I can relate a lot to her behavior.
Oh, and did I mention my youngest son got to meet his favorite blue guy, Pete the Cat on Tuesday evening?! Cats are seriously flirting with me this week.