My Daughter Starts Teaching the Cat to Walk

It has been torturously hot in Sacramento lately. The other day it was 116 degrees, and the weather channel keeps telling us it’s about to get even hotter.


And right now, the weather is bad enough that my two-year-old screams in instant agony every time she walks outside. Our bike rides have been suspended until it stops boiling our brains to even try. It’s still over 100 degrees by 9 PM.

So, the kids now have to hang out indoors, which means they’ve been really bored lately. Crawling up the walls bored, chewing the furniture like overwrought Afghan hounds bored…

Luckily, many experts say that boredom is a valuable part of childhood.

Why? They say it helps kids develop creativity, like how sensory deprivation tanks lead to hallucinations.

They’re right, because my four-year-old daughter Brontë has started teaching the cat to walk.

She said she was going to, last week, but I didn’t believe her. “Frodo,” she yelled. “COME HERE AND STAND UP ON YOUR BACK FEET!”

How cute, I thought, smiling and rolling my eyes.

But this morning, Brontë called me over, yelling, “WATCH THIS, MOMMY!”

How did she manage this without cat treats?


She held up her hand and Frodo the cat popped up onto his back legs and stood there for a minute. I blinked a few times before asking her to do it again.

 I swear he’s about to take a step

She did. She held her little hand over his head and he popped up like a curious meerkat as I scrambled to get a picture.

I can’t believe it. She’s actually pulling this off.

If this weather keeps up, we may see Frodo walking around the house soon. Maybe he’ll start wearing glasses and dishing out bowls of ice cream too. You never know.



25 thoughts on “My Daughter Starts Teaching the Cat to Walk

  1. Goodness! I thought it was hot here, but at least we’re “only” in the lower 100s! And I loved your meme – over a certain temperature, hot is just HOT, whether it’s humid or dry. September is just around the corner – we can do this. Maybe.

    As usual, I’m super impressed and fascinated with your kids. After she teaches Frodo to dish out bowls of ice cream, maybe she can show him how to fan you all with those big palm leaves.

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    1. We’re typically in the lower hundreds here lately too, but it was a particularly bad week!

      Yes, the “dry heat” thing bugs me. Humidity is nasty, yes, but when you get that hot, it’s still unbearable. I can’t imagine how the early pioneers could stand it, running out here in their multi-layered petticoats, looking for gold… the natives must’ve thought they were out of their minds.

      Haha, thanks! I was impressed too. I was hoping she’d outfit him with some cat glasses and teach him to do our taxes, but Brontë seems to have abandoned her cat-walking experiments for the time being. Oh well.

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      1. Haha, I have the exact same thought about pioneers all the time. The a/c went out in my office not long ago, and it instantly turned me into a whiny child. I was miserable and fed up after an hour, and it was still considerably cooler than what the pioneers experienced!

        Too be far to Bronte, that DOES seem like hard work haha. Maybe she’s taking a temporary vacation and will return to the cat training later!

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  2. You are so right about the boredom thing and how it causes people to be creative. It wasn’t until recently when I took my daughter’s phone away that she started drawing. And she’s really good. And now she draws a lot and uses the phone to supplement. Now if she could only get the neighbors dogs to walk away from her (they scare her).

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    1. That’s neat that your daughter can draw! You have to wonder what talents we’d all discover if left alone in a quiet room long enough. There’s so much constant free entertainment now… my cousins and I spent most of our childhoods in the backyard, building stuff and figuring out how to make our scooters go faster.

      Dogs can be loud and scary. has she tried telling them they’re good doggies in a chirpy voice? You’d be surprised how often that subdues them.


      1. Yeah, I’m so glad I encouraged her to draw. I think it is a great creative outlet for her, especially since she struggles in other areas of school. And yeah, I remember doing a lot of sports growing up and inventing new ways to do them, because you just enjoyed being outdoors.
        I don’t know what will help her not be afraid of dogs, because she was bit by one, but maybe someday she will meet a kind and gentle one that will teach her that they are okay.

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        1. I think you’re definitely doing the right thing by encouraging her. It’s a good, safe, creative outlet.

          Plus, if she’s struggling in other areas of school, drawing well may build her confidence. So much of school (and life) success comes down to sheer persistence, so feeling accomplishment in one area could maybe give her incentive to keep at it in others.

          That’s a shame about the dogs. Some dogs are vicious, so it’s not illogical. I grew up with a girl who was also terrified of dogs and think she eventually grew out of it. Maybe your daughter will too?


          1. Yeah, I hope she grows out of it, though I do know a guy my age probably 6’3 and he’s afraid of even the smallest dog.
            And yeah, I agree that drawing can give her confidence and it could help her in other areas. I’m hoping so, but even if it doesn’t I’ll love her just the same.

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            1. Of course. Even if she it doesn’t, it’s a good, safe way to express frustration or take her mind off of it. We all have a range of talents and stuff that doesn’t come as easily. And love our kids no matter what. Even if they’re chewing our leg 🙂


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