Treasure Chest Thursday – The Cat

The Mosaic Cat arrived here at Granny’s at the end of the summer. D3 took a European cruise, and toured several places, including Italy.


Whenever I see a many-colored cat I think of my Mom, often repeated:

The gingham dog and the calico cat
Side by side on the table sat;
T’was half past twelve, and (what do you think!)
Nor one nor t’other had slept a wink!
The old Dutch clock and the Chinese plate
Appeared to know as sure as fate
There was going to be a terrible spat
(I wasn’t there; I simply state
What was told to me by the Chinese plate!)

The gingham dog went “Bow-wow-wow!”
And the calico cat replied “Mee-ow!”
The air was littered, an hour or so,
With bits of gingham and calico,
While the old Dutch clock in the chimney-place
Up with its hands before its face,
For it always dreaded a family row!

(Now mind: I’m only telling you
What the old Dutch clock declares is true!)
The Chinese plate looked very blue,
And wailed, “Oh, dear! what shall we do!”
But the gingham dog and the calico cat
Wallowed this way and tumbled that,
Employing every tooth and claw
In the awfulest way you ever saw–
And oh! How the gingham and calico flew!
(Don’t fancy I exaggerate–I got my news from the Chinese plate!)

Next morning, where the two had sat
They found no trace of dog or cat;
And some folks think unto this day
That burglars stole that pair away!
But the truth about that cat and pup
Is this: they ate each other up!
Now what do you really think of that!
(The old Dutch clock it told me so,
And that is how I came to know.)

This ditty is called, “The Duel”, and was written by Eugene Field.

This lovely gift is not a heirloom right now, but I hope she will be someday. I have not given her a name yet, any ideas?


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    • Lori on February 4, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Oh he’s so cute! He reminds me of the crafts we used to make at our neighborhood park every summer. We always had hundreds of colored tiles just like that. You have to think of something very clever to name him! (Or her!)

  1. I really like the cat. I have no home for her, so she is in a drawer right now. I am looking for a little shelf for her.

    • Debbie on February 4, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    She’s cute. Why not name her Calico?
    .-= Debbie´s last blog ..Tombstone Tuesday =-.

  2. That’s an idea. But she’s not exactly Calico. I don’t think I can call her Tile or something like that, though.

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