Tilly the Cat’s Christmas Lesson . . .
Tilly was a very bossy cat. She was in charge of the whole house, or so she thought. The people in the house thought they were in charge because they had all the money and they were taller. And there were mice in the house too, running, squeaking, and eating everything they could get their dirty little claws on. They were young and foolish and smelly.
And there were rats of all shapes, sizes and colours (but not beige because they had an agreement about that). The rats were the clever ones. The rats were so clever they trained the mice.
One day Tilly did a very clever thing for a cat. She read a book. To be fair it wasn’t a very difficult book like Great Expectations or How to Run a Student-centred Education System. Tilly liked her book so much she wanted to read it to her friends but she didn’t have any so she decided to read it to the rats.
The rats gathered around with their cheeky grins and their sneaky glances and Tilly began to read. The book was about an animal called Delly the Llama who was a very content animal even though he had almost nothing.
As Tilly read enthusiastically the rats sniggered and poked each other with their elbows and smirked and some, the country-rats from the garden, even snorted in an agricultural way. And when Tilly finished, she closed the book and rested her paws in the awfully polite way that she’d been trained to by the people.
‘You rats should stop asking for more things and be happy with what you have.’
‘Silly Tilly,’ shouted one of the rats, ‘What do you think we have now? Beds of goose feathers and patÃ© de fois gras and business-class trips to Brussels? And do you really think that we think more stuff will make us happy. Gee, if we thought that we’d take our BComs and go work for the National Bank, or we’d take our teaching diplomas and go work for very high paying schools in Zurich or Moscow or New York or Sao Paulo. And Tilly, who do you think taught Delly the Llama about contentedness?’
So the rats tickled Tilly until she peed on the people’s carpet and made it smell bad. The people came and shouted and then kicked her outside into the muddy garden, which she didn’t like at all. The people looked at the rats and thought about throwing them out too but they needed the rats to keep all the mice in order.
‘Silly Tilly,’ sniggered all the rats as they prepared for their Christmas holiday.
â€” Peter Giddens
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