TALES FROM THE BAYOU: Getting My Stuffing On…




It was not long after I moved into my new apartment when I decided to adopt a kitten. One of my coworkers told me her own cat delivered a litter six weeks prior and those “little bundles of energy” were ready to find a forever home.

I should have taken her words as CLUE #1 of what was to come.

After seeing the adorable kittens playing outside (CLUE #2), I decided to take two of them home instead. The calico one I named Patches for obvious reasons, and the grey striped one I named Cricket because she hopped like a cricket more than she did anything else. Cricket was also lightening fast and liked to climb my curtains when my back was turned.

CLUE #3.

I brought Patches & Cricket home the weekend before Thanksgiving. Other than having to peel Cricket off the curtains a time or two, by Thanksgiving morning both kittens were settling into their new home and I could concentrate on cooking the turkey.

At some point in the process I needed to check if the stuffing was done, so I sat the bird on the stove top just as my hall phone began to ring. Thinking it would just take a minute to answer it, I left the bird where it was and took the call.

My phone conversation took longer than I’d planned which I regretted as soon as I returned to the kitchen to discover Cricket had scaled the side of the stove like Mt Everest and was now buried up to her shoulders INSIDE MY TURKEY!

Who knew cats liked stuffing?

I guess I should be happy at least SOMEBODY liked my homemade recipe, but for me, Thanksgiving dinner was ruined and by the next weekend I found new homes for my two feral kitties. The next time I cooked a bird it was sans dressing. I like stuffing as much as the next person, but not enough to share with my fur babies!









International best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.

One thought on “TALES FROM THE BAYOU: Getting My Stuffing On…

  • I have seen a lot of recipes for stuffing. None of them listed kitten as an ingredient. I put a large unopened bag of cat food on top of my refrigerator. One morning after work, I went home to find the ripped open bag on the floor. And 2 stuffed cats sprawled out across my kitchen. They didn’t even look guilty. I wish I had another cat or 2.


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