Friday, August 21, 2020

The Beach of His Youth

I’ve written about Josie growing old, but age is overtaking my other cats just as much. They are all into their elderly years, except for Neville, who is middle-aged. (The situation reminds me of the film Space Cowboys, in which Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland and James Garner play seniors re-entering the space programme, with Tommy Lee Jones as the youngster…)

Tucker is not the chubby baby he used to be, and I worry about him sometimes. But now and then, he does something that reminds me of his youth. I was thinking just the other day that he has not stretched out in his ‘bathing beauty’ pose for some time, and I attributed it to  the regrettable loss of elasticity that accompanies the gathering years.

Imagine my delight then, when I saw him lying like this last night. All he needs is a brightly coloured beach towel under him and he could be reclining on the seashore in Idylland, catching the balmy August breezes off the bay.

While my lot may be moving a little more slowly compared to yesteryear, their appetites less and their naps longer, they are, in some ways yet, still the cats of their youth, and still like to relax on a beach in the warmth of their summer’s afternoon.


  1. Tucker sure does look comfy all stretched out!

  2. “Don't you know that it's worth
    Every treasure on earth to be young at heart
    For as rich as you are
    It's much better by far to be young at heart.”

  3. catfather...dood....beech volley ball any one !!! ewe still got it buddy :) happee week end two ewe de crew N dad ☺☺☺♥♥♥

  4. He does look like he's ready for some sun and sand. It never ceases to amaze me how cats can contort themselves into such poses. Tucker is young at heart, indeed.

  5. Tucker would make a great model for the cat calendar posing like that!

  6. The older we get, the faster time goes by. I find it hard to believe that my guys are now 15, 14, 12, 8 and 5. It seems that just yesterday they were kittens. Every day we have with our cats is a gift to be thankful for.

  7. Oh he looks SO perfect all splayed out like the bathing beauty he is! I LOVE seeing that. I haven't seen a bathing beauty around here in a little while. I love what Patty said and Roberta is right. Each day is one to be grateful for with our cats.

  8. That does look like he could be relaxing on a beach!

  9. HaHa! Reminds me of my growing up,
    then into my 30~40~50's he always used to
    say "Trouble with you boy, is, you've never
    grown up"..I'm 73 next month..and l've never
    changed, l believe your age is between yer
    ears..O.K. So l can't 'break dance' as l used
    to..but what the heck..! :).

    Tucker looks lovely, and l think a lying pose
    like that is..contentment..! :).

  10. Tucker looks so marvelously relaxed. Glad you were there to see. He
    probably does this when you are there to enjoy the sight. We are always
    grateful our cats can stick to their usual activities and delights.
    Precious will soon be nine, and I can see her aging in her laziness.
    Of course, as I age, I am not a bit lazy, ha ha.

  11. As cute as you are, Tucker, that's a funny pose!

  12. He look wonderful and like he is enjoying the moment. Hope you dont mind but we liked the idea so much we invited him on a short vacation! Tucker you are only as old as you feel and on many days we cats can feel like kittens again

    1. What a wonderful surprise, Timmy and Dad Pete! Thank you. Everyone should go and see how Timmy and his family have made Tucker's trip to the beach a reality.

    2. Tucker looks magnificent on his beach towel enjoying a vacation!

  13. I went to see Tucker out on his day at the beach...oh, he looks so happy! What a wonderful trip Timmy and his family gave him.

  14. Aww...he's just a cutie. I know the feeling, Sasha has slowed down so much and Saku is not nearly as active as he once was.