Looks can be deceiving.

9 Mar

I have always been told, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” I find that to be true of many things: while a new song on the radio may not be your favorite, wait to see it in concert – it is always better when it is performed live; sushi is not just raw fish, it IS delicious (and healthy!); a cashier at the grocery store may be crabby and having a bad day, but a friendly ‘hello, how are you?’ can brighten anyone’s day if you just take the time; a superstar MVP professional athlete can ignore media cameras at a charity tournament AND can be genuinely polite to everyone he talks to, even though he’s not obligated to talk to anyone; and wedding planning really isn’t as stressful as everyone makes it out to be (especially if you’re OCD over-organized like me). One thing that will never appeal to me and will always be considered gross: fruit on salads.

However, looks aren’t always what they’re cracked up or advertised to be. That sushi roll you thought was just crab really is salmon. Or a one-pound kitten at a hippie pet store in Madison that falls asleep in your hand really does have a tinch of Satan in him.

I adopted my beloved Max during my last few months living in Madison – I fell in love with him when he was the only kitten in the pet store to follow me around and begged to be picked up. Within seconds, he had fallen asleep in my hand and I couldn’t set him back down without signing the credit card slip that deemed him mine for the next number of unforeseen years. Nearly four years later, he is still alive and a very ‘healthy’ 14 pounds of (fatty) fur.

While I wouldn’t trade the last four years for anything, it hasn’t been without its trials and tribulations. Aside from moving him to five different homes with me in the last four years, he is NOT a fan of us traveling. Whenever he sees a suitcase, our limbs are in danger. We have to wait until the morning we leave to quickly throw everything into a suitcase, hoping we didn’t forget anything to keep him tame (and our limbs safe). He also has the habit of hiding under tables or behind chairs and surprising of you by ‘dead-legging’ you as you walk by – at all hours of the day/night. His newest fixation is pounding (pawing) on our bedroom door each night, usually been 2-3 AM. While it was somewhat humorous to begin with, we are nearly two months in of his little game. We are unsure of whether he got spooked and wants to sleep in our room, or if he just wants to play, but I feel like we have a four month old child that needs nightly feedings. He may look like an idiot at times when he tries running up the stairs and stumbles because he misses a step, but he sure knows that pounding on the door makes us get out of bed!

As I mentioned before in a previous post, we recently purchased a DSLR camera. I love to take pictures and hope to become a better photographer through experimenting with it. Max has graciously allowed me (or just puts up with it) to practice by taking pictures of him.

Now, imagine that face, but 13 pounds smaller. How could anyone resist such a precious look?

See? Looks CAN be deceiving.


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