2464. Crossing the Styx

Over the course of a lengthy life Carmel had five cats. She had only one at a time, and each lived for a reasonable number of years, except for Tallulah who had died young from cancer.

 Now it was Carmel’s turn to pass away. The specialists had given their prognosis. It gave Carmel a little time to prepare. “I do hope,” said Carmel, “that they allow cats in Heaven and I shall have the joy of once again seeing my sweet five.”

They were almost her last words on earth. They were certainly her first words after death. She told the man rowing the boat across the River Styx, “I do hope that they allow cats in Heaven and I shall have the joy of once again seeing my sweet five.”

“You’ll be lucky,” said the man rowing the boat.

Carmel wasn’t sure how to interpret the man’s statement. Did it mean a yes or a no? That is why she repeated to the nice man at the Pearly Gates, “I do hope that they allow cats in Heaven and I shall have the joy of once again seeing my sweet five.”

“Only one cat per person is allowed,” said the man at the gate.

Carmel returned to the man in the row boat. “Take me to the other place,” she said.

25 thoughts on “2464. Crossing the Styx

      1. observationblogger

        I always spell Heavan wrong. That should tell you where I’m going. CAT HEAVEN yay!

        Two days ago, my kids and I were walking past a home which had this gorgeous qrey cat scaling the fence and was just asking to be pat. So I pat it, then my son. I thought this is idealic, right now. My daughter went to pat it and the cat reacted to her cautiousness and my daughter flinched and elbowed me in the head and broke my sunglasses which I had just recently fixed. I nearly cried. Idealic…

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      I’ve just googled the expression “a tiger for punishment” and am not sure if it’s used in your neck of the woods. In case you don’t have it, it just means “a glutton for punishment”.

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