The most elegant was Schemp. White and gray and tall for a cat, the one most comfortable in his fur. When Schemp appeared in a place, he was neither cause or effect. If asked to describe him, we would have just shrugged and said “he’s a natural.”
The most anti-social was of course my cat, Minx. All black with yellow eyes and long hair, liked the high places where he could keep watch. A silent sovereign and not one to suffer fools easily. Described as “a severe God” able to ask mice to walk willingly into their own deaths.
Pino was perhaps the most mis-understood. A white and black tuxedo and was never without an opinion nor shy about sharing it regardless to whether or not they were listening. Described? A very long sentence.
The most affable was Mookie, in the best sense of affable. An all black short hair, easily entertained and rarely flustered, Mookie could always be found in the sunny spots. If offered, he accepted, graciously. If he had been anything other than a cat, he would have appeared as a separate peace. Best description is “companionable.”
Four kings who for a short time ruled the world. Dogs asked permission first, squirrels avoided close contact, tuna was the comfort food of choice. We could have said it was the best of times it was the worst of times, but that had already been said. Instead we just marveled that it was at all.
I offer no explanation except we are having difficult mice and where is the severe god when you need him.