Ask Morris: What Do You Enjoy About July 4th?
The Fourth of July experience is kind of a mixed bag for me, to tell the truth. As a fiercely independent creature, I'm naturally a fan of having an entire day devoted to celebrating independence. I just don't understand why you humans choose to do so with loud explosions. I mean, is that really your idea of a good time? You can count me out. Or count me under the bed at the very least.
That said, there are a few things I do like about America's birthday. For me, Fourth of July is all about the four F's: family, food, fun and freedom.
Let me tell you a secret: most felines are introverts. You probably couldn't tell, but underneath all this outgoing charm, my idea of a good time is plenty of alone time to curl up and nap or groom my fur or ponder the deep mysteries of the universe. But even introverts like company from time to time, especially when that company brings chin scratches and tummy rubs. It's great the way my human family gathers for the Fourth. I can go from person to person for plenty of petting and attention. The best part is that the day eventually takes everyone outdoors, so I can get my fill and have the house all to myself for some peace and quiet.
I'm generally fairly restrained when it comes to snacking. Sure, I love my food, but I know when to say when. But the Fourth of July is for indulging, and I don't bat a cat-eye at taking advantage. While my humans are diving their hands into bowls of potato salad and potato chips (what is it about them and potatoes?), I get to try different flavors of treats, as well as a tasty serving of my beloved 9Lives® Hearty Cuts With Real Chicken & Cheese In Gravy Wet Cat Food.
You might think that after filling my belly I'd be ready for another nap, but by this point someone has usually set up the badminton equipment and started hitting the birdie. This is one of the scintillating events of the year as far as window entertainment goes. I swear it's a workout just watching that birdie go back and forth over the net.
By the time the loud bangs start, I'm grateful for the freedom to run and hide under the bed. But I'm also glad that the humans have the freedom to celebrate America's birthday in their own way, even if that way sets my fur on edge. As a cat, it's important to me to be able to freely exercise my independent nature. I'm happy to live in a place where the humans I care about can exercise their independence, too.