I came home from yoga -- an experience I will get around to writing about, I'm sure, and I don't know why I keep putting that off -- and was on my way to say hello so they'd know just who it was opened the door. (We're not very big on locks.) In the front hall the cats were keeping themselves occupied, the older grey cat by laying still and seeming to be annoyed that the other cat was making a scene, and the younger white cat by laying on the ground thrashing around something. I took a closer look, and the cat had a hair scrunchie around her belly. (I'm assuming that's the right term. It was a roughly inch-wide very elastic band of light fabric.) How she'd gotten it around her belly I didn't know, but she was making an effort to claw at it.
So I scooped her up and brought her to my parents, to ask if she was supposed to have this on. I can think of odder things to do with a cat than put a hair scrunchie around its belly, after all. But no, neither of them knew anything about it, so I took the scrunchie off and turned it over to my mother, the only person in the house who might bind hair in any form besides cutting it. The cat started wrangling around and jumped out of my hands, and my father then asked which cat it was that I was talking about.
Now though I admit I'm curious how the cat first found the scrunchie, then decided to get it on, and then got it over at least two legs and either her head or her tail. That's a good bit of work, after all, particularly when you probably don't have much idea of how it's supposed to be used. I'm also curious what she would have ultimately done with the scrunchie if I hadn't freed her from it. This is also the cat who's figured out how to open the closet door by what amounts to a resonance trick -- she can't pull it far enough at once, but if she pulls it over and over and lets it rock back, eventually, it does swing open. Perhaps we should be keeping any potential tools away from her.
And now I wonder why I didn't take a picture of it.
Trivia: The first Mack Sennett Keystone Comedy film, released 23 September 1912, was a split-reel of two short films put together of The Water Nymph, with Mabel Normand, and Cohen Collects a Debt starring Fred Sterling. Source: Keystone: The Life and Clowns of Mack Sennett, Simon Louvish.
Currently Reading: Nightside City, Lawrence Watt-Evans.