Herkemina, the mother of the heroes of The Water Tub Monster, appeared one day at the water bowl in back of the house. She returned the next day with a family of 3 kittens in tow.
I was idly looking out the window and talking to Loretta on the phone when Herkemina first appeared. Loretta was visiting her aging father in Abilene, and when I mentioned an unfamiliar cat was at the water bowl Loretta’s father suggested we name it Herkimer. For reasons known only to him, Herkimer was often the hero of the stories Loretta’s father made up to entertain the children. After naming 70 or so cats we were glad for any help, so Herkimer it was.
When Herkimer showed up the next day with 3 kittens, he became a she and Herkimer became Herkemina. (We just didn’t like the way the name looked with an “i” following the “k”.) When we got a better look at her we saw obvious hints of dilute calico that should have tipped us off that Herkemina was probably female.
Herkemina was a long-suffering and endlessly patient mother. She kept her kittens close and was remarkably tolerant of their fascination with her tail. Her relaxation with her family was in direct opposition to her behavior around humans. It took a long time for the cautious, almost frightened, cat we saw at the water bowl to morph into the relaxed cat you see resting on the platform in the final photo. She’d been with us for long enough to be trapped and spayed by the time she could relax like that. Look closely and you can see her tipped left ear, both in this photo and in the feature image on the home page.
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