Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Feline Sapiens

“Babes, what the *#@^ is a Feline Sapien? “
One of my buds, obviously well fortified by her morning shot of caffeine, commands my urgent attention on Ychat through a series of rapid fire messages that blink furiously at me in the corner of my screen.
ummm….Just something I pulled out of thin air…you know how my morning went yesterday, so may I now please refocus on the maid before she decides to shatter my expensive crystal” * scowl*
“Pulled out of thin air??? What on earth do you mean??? ”
“Just something I came up with to describe our family a.k.a DSK, Gingy & Me……I converted the Felis in Felis Catus to Feline and combined it with the Sapiens from Homo Sapiens to derive Felis Sapiens * big toothy grin*
* gasp* “ well, wipe that smug grin off your mug...I googled and guess what? Feline Sapiens are and I quote “fictional, sentient, humanoid species from the Red Dwarf television series”
* toothy grin goes down a notch* “Oh…err…What is the Red Dwarf ?..”
google it babes!!!...Pronto”
With a sigh of exasperation, I reluctantly turn my eyes from my maid on to Feline Sapiens on google, which proves to be rather disappointing. I googled Red Dwarf instead, only to discover that it was a yesteryear science fiction television show with a rather interesting character called Cat who belonged to a species called Felis [ not Feline mind you] Sapiens or the Cat people.I must say the description of cat people on the Red Dwarf site was amusing and not too bad for a science fiction tale.

“ Err hons, the Red Dwarf refers to Felis Sapiens….not FelineSapiens…in any case, does it matter? ”

“ You mean you don’t mind the possibility of being referred to as sentient and a humanoid?” * round eyes*

“ well not really…It kind of describes the way three of us are…I kind of like it, though I will pass on the Sci-Fi froth”

* deep sigh* “U r totally nuts and beyond redemption but I love you anyway”
And then she was gone.
“ Just how do I explain us Felis Sapiens to a regular human being”, I ask a quizzical Ging, who exhales fumes from her smelly breakfast right up my nostrils, making it crystal clear that her pressing concern of the moment was whether to nap right then or after a game of catch.
I thought Feline Sapiens was an apt description of the three of us who are so in and out of each other’s lives and minds that we no longer seem like man or animal to each other. There are times when Ging seems more human than a lot of people we know. And then, there are those moments when DSK or me or sometimes both of us, seem more like cats than people.
I probably would have continued in this vein for some more time if Ging, having made up her mind, had not directed one of her “ Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff, Mommie” looks at me before firmly closing her eyelids. Well, I guess I should thank my stars that at least one of us had our priorities straight this morning!!!