26.8.10

Noll on Cardboard Magic



Cardboard box lids are magical. 
They can be anything a cat imagines.

Unpacking a box of her daughter's college books,
My Own casually dropped the lid to the floor. 

 That was three months ago.

The second the lid hit the floor,
 brother Tiggy claimed it.

There's a blanket of pink, white and blue knitted squares
folded neatly to the edges of the box to cushion it.
There's also one corner neatly duct taped
because brother Tiggy leans heavy on that edge
and mere box glue could not contend
with Tiggy's ample gingerness.

When the sleepies overcome him, Tiggy imagines the box lid is a bed.
When Chipie the Chipmunk comes for his morning peanuts and seeds,
Tiggy sits tall and imagines the lid is his front row, theatre box seat.
When the day is especially sunny,
 the box lid becomes Tiggy's tanning bed.
Sometimes, My Own drops a jingle ball or a toy mouse into the box lid.
It is then that Tiggy imagines it is an air hockey table.

Once upon a time, a cardboard box lid,
fell from out of the blue.
And,
Magic ensued.




19 comments:

Angel and Kirby said...

How fun! It is nice that your Mom made it so comfy. We have a box lid like that, too

Furkidsmom said...

Nothing nicer than the magic of a box (or a box lid).

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

moi said...

Ahhhh, we have had box lids in our life too, we especially like the 1/2 box that our qty 24 5 oz cat food cans come in - they are so special and though only one of us fits at a time, that one fills the box!! >^..^<

JC said...

You wrote that so well.

I have an old shoebox upstairs that has been there for probably over ten years.

Someone is always in it.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

That's a perfect bed to nap in!

ML said...

You are so right... boxes are magical.
Mommy ML just made me a specshul box. She cutted tha flaps off an filled it wif that loverly brown packing paper.
Oh, it is pure heaven.
And furry magical.
Love & Purrs,
KC

Lisa, Jack and Baby said...

Baby thinks boxes are magical too!

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Our mummy is hoping you can be xeroxed so she can have a copy!!

Sparkle said...

Box lids ARE magical! As are whole boxes and paper bags.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Boxes and lids are awesome. And wot a nice mom to make yoors so comfy.

Eric and Flynn said...

Magical boxes are the very best boxes.

Hannah and Lucy said...

We love boxes and their lids too - they are so much fun

The Meezers or Billy said...

::clap clap::: YAY!!!

The Kool~Kittie~Krew said...

They ARE magical!!! We totally agree.

Jacqueline said...

What a fun post; Tiggy has an awesome box lid that provides endless comfort and entertainment!!...Happy Friday...xoxo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Brian said...

You sure are right, whoever invented them is a hero!s

us4 cats said...

how adorable. i have one of stripes in his box. everytime i return from the store with bottled water , the ones with the cardboard box underneath- i leave it out and within minutes it is filled with a cat :)


you were correct on our 'comparison' post- about there being a kitty change. sort of. i posted the answer today :)

The Island Cats said...

Sometimes we like the lid better than the box!! Enjoy yours!!

Batu said...

That is such a cute photo