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Me v. the Crazy Cat Lady

on March 20, 2015
Crazy Cat Lady

This action figure implies Crazy Cat Ladies can even fight crime.

It’s become a cliché—the lonely, single woman who adopts cats, eats a lot of canned food and hoards bridal magazines. A February episode of Hawaii 5-0 had Steve McGarrett and Danno using an apartment for surveillance while the owner was away. It led to this exchange while they looked around the residence:

“Guess who’s the queen of QVC?” Danno says, glancing over the many cat tchotchkes around the room, then adds, “It smells in here, like loneliness and despair.”

To which Steve replies, “It’s mothballs.”

And yes, the woman who lived in the apartment was single and, they soon discovered, had a cat.

Personally, I prefer to believe crazy cat ladies don’t actually exist. But, just in case, I’m taking steps to make sure I don’t end up that way:

  1. I have one cat. One. And I plan to keep it that way.
  2. I don’t buy all my clothes at Walmart.
  3. I don’t wear a bathrobe.

The other day, though, something happened to make me worry I might be headed toward Crazyville. In the novel I’m reading, some of the characters were worried about a good-looking, Christian doctor who was newly divorced.

And, I kid you not, I thought, “He’s single? How old is he?”

Yes, I seriously wondered about the availability of a fictional character. It only took a second for me to smack some sense back into myself. I suppose—I hope—everyone has moments like this. So I laughed at my goofiness.

Then the situation reminded me how long it’s been since I felt any serious interest in someone. And by “someone” I mean a real, flesh-and-blood man. This is disconcerting because the voices in my head can come up with all kinds of reasons why this is so. Sure, I can dismiss them as exaggerations or out-and-out lies, but wouldn’t it be better to find a way to rid myself of the voices altogether? Or, at the very least, silence them.

These voices warn me I might be just one can of Spaghetti-Os and a stray cat away from becoming that cliché. Hearing voices in my head doesn’t help.

Fortunately, I know who I am in Christ. I also realize worrying about what might happen won’t magically change my future. God holds my life in His hands, and I trust Him, whatever happens. So I’ve determined to stay focused on doing the work He’s called me to do.

The voices and cats can wait.


5 responses to “Me v. the Crazy Cat Lady

  1. Carole Brown says:

    Funny. Good post, Sharyn

  2. nosyjosie says:

    Ha! I’m one bathrobe and Wal-Mart wardrobe away from being a cat lady myself (this is only24dates by the way. new blog). But yeah, I’ve done the “i can get with this fictional character” thing before also lol. You’re right…God has control. He’s driving and he loves to take a scenic root lol

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