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“Are you Grumpy Cat?”

April 8, 2017

Last night, around 9:00 p.m., I wandered up to my now favorite coffee bar and ordered a coffee. I couldn’t help but notice the brusqueness with which the man behind the counter took my order and “offered” some “advice” for the coffee I was taking away for someone else. I further paid attention to how he answered a woman who stopped to ask him for directions and when my young daughter and niece sat down at the counter (not realizing they were with me) I had to gently offer, “They’re with me” before he said something we’d have all regretted. Hahaha! I watched him for a few more sips and then became so intrigued by his grumpiness (he even managed to dry off the cups in a grumpy way) that I simply could not control my curiosity any longer and so I asked, “Are you Grumpy Cat?”

What happened next is what I love about people, about life, about coffee. Hahaha!

Grumpy Cat: “No, I’m Sleepy Cat.”

Me: Well, that explains it, Sleepy Cat can often turn into Grumpy Cat. Why so sleepy?

Sleepy Cat: “I have a 9 week old at home and I haven’t slept in nine weeks. I’m just tired. I apologize if I’ve been grumpy.”

Me: My hands immediately go into prayer position and I start to squeal with excitement (probably NOT what Grumpy/Sleepy Cat was hoping for) and I say, “First, congratulations! How wonderful! And, no wonder you’re so tired. Tell me, do you have one of those swinging bassinets?”

Sleepy Cat: “Actually, I do but…”

Sleepy Cat and I had a wonderful little chat and he wound up smiling (dare I say, giggling) and showing me photos of one of the most beautiful little nine week old babies you’ve ever seen. What an unexpected, awesome, cup of coffee. Now, Sleepy Cat, likely won’t remember me but I’ll remember him because he was once Grumpy Cat and when grumpy cats smile they have the most incredible smiles — the ones you never forget.

Have a great weekend everybody and if you happen to run into a grumpy cat remember he might just be a sleepy cat in disguise. Silly Sleepy Cat. 😽

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  • Reply Lynnie April 8, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    That just made my work day a little easer.

    • Reply kalebrakelby April 8, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that Lynnie. 🙂

  • Reply Carolyn Fahm April 8, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Reaching out to make that human connection to another is such a rare and beautiful thing in the busy, impersonal world. You radiate warmth so that the sleepy, sleepy Dad knew that you weren’t being hostile, you were being human and he responded to that. I love living in places where such connections are part and parcel of life. And what an enticing coffee!

    • Reply kalebrakelby April 9, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      It was an enticing coffee, Carolyn and I like living in a place where connections are possible as well — like the connection I share with you — treasured. 🙂

  • Reply Deb April 8, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Yeah, a Sleepy Cat can make a Grumpy Cat! Been there, done that…got the t-shirt! It was very sweet of you to turn his day around, even for a few minutes.

    • Reply kalebrakelby April 9, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      Well for heavens sake, Deb — throw that t-shirt out! Hahaha!

  • Reply Liz April 9, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Always love your stories. They always make me smile.

    • Reply kalebrakelby April 9, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      Aww…thank you Liz and hearing from you always makes me smile. 🙂

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