"Today is a good day. Although I'm due to spend the day in hospital having my fortnightly blood transfusion, I'm pleased to report that my recent month of pneumonia gradually seems to be on its way out. Having had pneumonia for the first time now since I developed my terminal illness, pehaps I won't hate the experience as much the next time that I acquire it, which I'm told is as likely as any of the rest of you out there catching a cold. Oh..... and I've lost a stone in weight in three weeks!
So it looks like acquiring pneumonia on a more frequent basis could become a pet hate of mine.This thought got my mind onto other pet hates I have had in the past.
As an ex moggy hater for more years than I can remember, I just never gave cats a chance to shine and I grew into my fifties considering the species as a natural accompaniment to witches, Satan, black magic and suspicious spinsters. It was not until the mid 90s that my appreciation of them greatly altered when I spent five years researching the species for a trilogy I had planned to write entitled, 'The Kilkenny Cat.'
I had decided to make all of the characters in my trilogy those of cats who display human characteristics. By the time I had written this trilogy some seven years later, not only did I consider myself somewhat of 'a cat expert', but I actually found myself liking them!
Without relating all those qualities that make the cat stand head and shoulders above all others in the pet kingdom and which all cat lovers readily know of, the most interesting thing that I learned during this seven year period was the most human thing of all. I learned that people who generally profess a dislike for a certain type of person, creature or activity are invariably displaying the fact that they know little or nothing about what it is they profess to dislike. I learned that it is largely the ignornance of any subject which naturally leads to mistrust or dislike of it and that once we know more and more about the thing we once disliked, we instinctively grow to like it better with our newer brush of understanding.
Since writing 'The Kilkenny Cat Triology', I now consider cats to be my friends. Oh....and incidently, I now view witches and suspicious spinsters much more charitably than I did before! Anyone wishing to purchase the 'Kilkenny Cat Trilogy' in e-book format can do so from www.smashwords.com or from www.amazon and www.lulu.com if you prefer to read it in hard copy. All profits go to charity. Bye for now. I'm off for a few pints." William Forde: March 18th, 2015.