This is Benji and Sue asked me to tell you about my good fortune.
When my mama delivered me and my brothers and sisters it was into a home where forty other cats already lived with human Cat Mama. From the start I knew it wasn’t normal. It was too dirty and crowded, food distribution was not fair and I was hungry. When I couId talk, I discussed it with some of the older ones there including One-Eye, NoTail and Sheba. They told me it was better than living under the house which they used to do, and they frightened me with their before stories. I wondered at my fate.
After a few months human Cat Mama disappeared and soon after that some other humans came to rescue us. I don’t remember much from that time, other than when I woke up I was in a new place. I felt strange and my ear was bleeding. Just when I was ready to despair, my fortune turned to the very best it could be! Three humans came into my room and started petting me and loving me. Even though I was afraid, I was on my best behavior so I would be chosen. And that is how I came to live with Bob and Sue and Grandma and Tiger. Now I sleep on a big bed (or wherever else I want to), and it’s all you can eat!
This is my picture when I first arrived home. I was little then.
I’m so happy in my new home. My chopped ear reminds me where I came from. That is the meaning of Fortune to me.
~ from Benji