It has been suggested, by a certain psychologist reader and friend, that I am not coming clean on this cute cuddly animal thing. And I have come to believe that it might indeed be good for my mental health to admit that, like everyone else, I am a sucker for a good cute cuddly animal picture (CCAP). Last week the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC introduced their five month old panda cub, Bao Bao, and, well what can I say, it’s a baby panda and the only thing cuter than a panda bear is a baby panda bear. Friends, I cannot resist a panda bear and, yes, I will rush to the National Zoo as soon as I can.
And while I’m confessing to this foible, I need also to admit a love of everything sea otter and everything cat. I am an ailurophile through and through. I have learned a lot from my cat. As our old friend Mark Twain pointed out about cats as teachers:
“A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.”