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jackson the maine coon | the merry gourmet

Most of the time, I’m a very rational person. I tend to make decisions quickly, but always with forethought and confidence in that decision. I am sensible, logical, and deliberate.

At other times, I just trust my instinct and go with what feels right.

Six days after my father died, and the day before his visitation, I opened an email from a cat breeder whose email list I’ve been on for several years. Her email announced that she had a litter of Maine Coon kittens available for adoption, and included were photos of them. The fourth photo was of this little guy.

When I opened that email, I was feeling vulnerable and weak. I was an emotional mess. We were not in the market for a new cat, but when I saw his face, I knew I wanted him.   The rational part of me had a serious talk with the part of me that just wanted to bury my face in that kitten’s fur. Rational Me explained all the downsides of a new kitten – the expense, the extra clean-up, the fact that it might disrupt the relationship between the other two cats, and (for a second and third time, for good measure) the expense.

Irrational Me decided that Rational Me was being a jerk and was no fun at all.

We welcomed Jackson* two days ago. He is everything I hoped he would be, and more.

Jackson the Maine Coon | the merry gourmet

*The name, Jackson, was inspired by a few different sources. One of my father’s favorite musicians was Jackson Browne, and his song “The Load Out” played at his visitation service. Jackson also comes from Jackson Hole, one of my dad’s favorite places on earth. Finally, the lead character in Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth – one of Dad’s favorite books, and a book we both have read over and over again – is Jack Jackson. 

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8 Responses to “a miami weekend and spoon fed winner announced”

  1. 1
    RJ Flamingo — March 7, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

    Sounds like you had a great weekend – happy to have played a small part. 🙂

  2. 2

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful pics, MJ! Looks like you had a great time!

  3. 3
    Lynda — March 8, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    Great photos MJ – now I want to go there!

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    Kelly @ Evil Shenanigans — March 8, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    Looks like you had a great time!

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    JulieD — March 9, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

    Looks like a wonderful weekend. I can’t wait to meet you and Renee, one more month!

    • mj (merry gourmet)

      mj (merry gourmet) replied: — March 9th, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

      I’m so looking forward to it, Julie!

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    Eleanor Hoh (Wok Star) — March 11, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    MJ, enjoyed dim sum w/ you, hubby & Renee, thx for incl us in your short stay! Your camera took some great shots!

    • mj (merry gourmet)

      mj (merry gourmet) replied: — March 12th, 2011 @ 10:13 am

      Thanks, Eleanor! It was so nice to meet you finally. We’ll definitely have to do it again some day.

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