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Friday, August 07, 2009

Is it Friday, yet? "In Step With: Charmee"

Mom does a project with her students as a part of the getting-to-know-you weeks of school called "In Step With ..." modeled after the Parade magazine feature that the late James Brady used to do. Students write questions and interview their partners while Mom snaps candids with her digital camera.

This year's kids in her English 10 Support class aren't very motivated, so Mom did a sample. Rather than take the pressure off a student in the class by interviewing him/her, Mom interviewed ... Charmee. Yep. She didn't interview ME even though I'm far more interesting, talented, an' gorgeous than Charmz.

For your viewing enjoyment, here's Mom's "In Step With: Charmee."

VITAL STATISTICS:
Name: Lucky Charmz
Nickname: Charmee
Birthday: June 20, 2003
Age: 6
Weight: 13 1/2 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Fur: White, brown and black
Ethnicity: Feline American
Siamese mix (Wanna Meezer)

Siblings: DaisyMae Maus, 16 (F); Cocoa Francis Puff, 12 (M); Sparky K. Fuzzypants, 11 (M); Pumpkin, 8 (M)

Education: Princeton '13 (dual major: Pre-med/Biotech)

Marital Status: Single, neutered

I sat down recently with the youngest J****n cat to ask him why he was so willing to spend his precious coin collection -- Charmee is a notorious money-hoarder -- to buy spiral notebooks for a group of tenth graders at M********* High School.

He got SO angry with me that I feared he'd bite me with his sharp white teeth and leave the interview in a huff. But he sputtered, "Mom didn't even ask me! She just robbed my piggy of the $50.00 and took off for Target." But, "[t]hankfully, the students paid me back because I was running out of Temptations!" Temptations? The '60s singing group? No. Temptations are an addictive cat treat that Charmee purchases by the case with money that he earns by recycling bottles and cans. What type is his favorite? Seafood Medley, of course. When he's not snarfing down oodles of Temptations, Charmee likes a cat candy called Lickittys that are eaten after being stuck to a wall. He can stand and lick for a half hour or more!

Charmee has distinctive blue eyes that are common in cats of Oriental breeds, so I asked Charmee about his ethnicity. He proudly stated that he's a "Feline American," but shyly indicated that he's a Siamese mix also known as a "Wanna Meezer" because he has incomplete "points" (the dark color patches and masks found on purebreds).

Since he's a cat, and by nature, lazy, I asked him how he spends his non-sleeping hours expecting to hear about lounging in the cat condo and hunting for toy mice. I was surprised to hear that Charmee fetches. Isn't that something that dogs do? I asked. That got an immediate hiss from Charmee loud enough to make me flinch! He doesn't fetch rubber balls or Frisbees. He prefers plastic "cause" bracelets, especially the cancer awareness ones that are pink: His favorite color.

Charmee strikes me as a cat who knows what he wants and knows exactly how to get it: Force and intimidation. But I was surprised by his response when I asked him what was in his future: Do you believe that Charmee plans for a career in medical technology? He's enrolled with a dual pre-med and biotechnologies major at Princeton University as a member of the class of 2013. Meeeoowww!

5 comments:

The Whiskeratti said...

Oh my Charmee!! You are one talented and smart kitteh! And what a cute idea to interview you.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

What a smart cat you are Charmee!

Angel and Kirby said...

That is a very good interview. We have never heard of Kickittys! Mom Googled it and found a cute video. You are a very cool kitty Charmz. Did your interview encourage the kids to do theirs?

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Victor Tabbycat said...

Would yur Mom moof to Whiskonsin an be our boy's English teacher? ::spin:: Please? School starts Sep 1 - you has time.