Do not the cat

Do not the cat

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Do not the catkins and the dogwood bloom in March?"

"Oh, you mean the pussy willows?" She laughed. "Well, some of them. But I think we'll have to wait until April for the dogwoods to bloom. April is a very early dogwood, and not the one you were talking about."

"But April?"

"That's right, April. If you want to be absolutely sure about it, you should go out around April first. But even in April you'll have to wait until after you see the leaves on the dogwood trees."

"And the catkins," I said.

"Oh, the catkins," she said. "Yes, the catkins will bloom on the dogwood trees about that time too."

"So you think it's April first?"

"That's what you'll have to go by. You'll have to go around and check with everybody. The pussy willows have some of their catkins in March, and so have some of the dogwoods. And then there's a lot of dogwood trees, and they all come up at about the same time."

"But I don't understand," I said. "If I'm to be absolutely sure about it, you mean I'll have to wait until April first and go around checking with everybody to find out?"

"I'm afraid so. We could look up the catkins and the dogwood, but you'd have to check with all the different dogwood trees to make sure they're the same trees."

I thought about this.

"Do the dogwood trees have to come up at the same time?"

"They pretty much all do. Even the catkins and the dogwoods come up in April, but I'm not sure whether they're on the same day or not. I mean, even if I could check on all the trees with a map, I wouldn't be able to know for sure which trees bloomed when."

"But I thought the catkins and the dogwood bloomed on the same day."

"Yes, they do, but I'm not sure if the dogwoods bloom at the same time as the catkins."

"And the dogwood trees have to be a certain kind of dogwood tree to bloom on the same day as the catkins?"

"Yes, you can't have one dogwood tree that blooms in April and another dogwood tree that blooms in June. I don't know about the catkins. I don't know for sure, but I guess that the catkins bloom at the same time."

"And I can't look at one tree and say, 'This one is the one that will bloom in April'?"

"Oh, I wouldn't do that. You'll have to check with everybody and ask them. That's why you have to check with them in March. If you're going to be absolutely sure about it, then you'll have to ask them."

I wondered what I had gotten myself into.


May and June

It was my idea to put the new table in the bedroom. I said that it would be easier to move in and out of the room and make sure the catkins would be blooming in April and May. I thought that they could always move the table back out after the blooming period was over and I could work comfortably again.

It's good that I had a reason for wanting a table in the bedroom because my mother wasn't too enthusiastic about having a table there.

"A table?" she said. "How on earth are you going to use a table? You can barely see."

"I'm going to use a table," I said.

"But you're so little. How will you be able to use a table? Why would you even want a table? It's not as if you were going to have a large family. There wouldn't be any room for a table."

I said that I could put things on it, and that it was only for my own use.

"And where are you going to put a table? How are you going to put it in the bedroom? That's not going to work, I'm afraid."

I said it wouldn't be a problem, but that I had a reason for wanting one.

"But you're so little. How can you use a table?"

"I'm not that little," I said. "And I've got a reason for wanting one."

"And what is that reason?" she asked.

I knew I had better make up a good reason.

"Well, there are many things I'll be able to use a table for."

"Such as what?" she asked.

"I'm not going to tell you."

"But why are you going to lie to me about it? You can't fool me. I know you're up to something. And you are going to tell me about the table, I can just see it."

"But I can't."

"But you will. I can just see it."

I could tell she was getting angry. I didn't blame her, because she couldn't really see me, I was too little, and there was no way I could fool her.

So I said, "I'd rather not tell you. There's no reason for me to tell you about the table. I'd just as soon not tell you. I'd rather not."

"But why? If I wanted to go out in April, I'd be able to know when that is. But you don't tell me when the table is. I just can't believe it."

I could feel myself growing hotter.

"I want to be able to look at it, Mom. You know, I don't think I'm that small anymore. I don't know. Maybe I am. I haven't measured myself lately."

"Well, you're not small. I


  1. Woudman

    yeah ... you're right

  2. Kordale

    Excuse me for not being able to participate in the discussions now - there is no free time. I will be set free - I will definitely give my opinion on this matter.

  3. Sutciyf

    In my opinion, this is the wrong path.

  4. Hadrian

    you strayed from the conversation

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