Hello, I’m Socks
Good afternoon! My name’s Socks. I’m Panther’s sister – we’re twins. Do we look alike? I’m the only one of Jo’s pets that you haven’t yet met. Jo’s taking the day off – having a long weekend – so I’m blogging instead.
I’m a very small kitty, but I’m very practical and sensible too. If I’m hungry, I go out and catch a mouse to eat. If I’m very tired, I sleep for two days. And if my socks (my white feet) get dirty, I wash them clean. I like everything to be just so.
If things aren’t just so, I do something clever and inventive to get my own way. For example, when we first moved to this house, we didn’t have a catflap. I couldn’t come and go as I pleased. So I left home for a week. Just disappeared. Jo got really worried, which was my plan. Then I came home again. Jo and Richard were so excited to see me, they decided to put a catflap in the door. So now I can go out or come in whenever I please. I find that it really helps to be small, cute and cuddly if you want things to go your own way. It was a clever plan, wasn’t it? As I said, I’m practical.
And Ha, I have some practical tips for you too. Jo tells me that you’re as busy as a bee at work, and that you often have to write emails in English in your job. So, I’ve got some work abbreviations for you. You can use them in your business e-mails.
ASAP: as soon as possible
BTW: by the way
FTAO: For the attention of (add the person’s name after this)
Now, there’s one thing I need your advice on. I like to go out for lots of walks, and there’s a big black male cat who lives nearby. He’s a bit of a bruiser. He beats me up a lot. Yesterday he bit my leg. What can a little kitty like me do? I try to fight back, but he’s too strong. Do you have any advice?
Yours very properly,
a long weekend is usually a three- or four-day break, including Saturday and Sunday.
practical – (adj) describes someone who makes sensible decisions
just so – right, perfect, the way you like it
inventive – the adjective from the verb ‘to invent’, meaning good at thinking up new ideas.
get your own way – to have things as you want them to be
catflap – a small hole in a door that lets a cat come and go out whenever he/she likes.
cuddly – a cuddly animal or person is cute and make you want to cuddle them (give them a hug)
as busy as a bee – an idiom, meaning very busy
a bruiser – (slang) someone big and strong, who intimidates others
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