Meet Elvira

by | Mar 26, 2020 | Featured Article, Pets | 0 comments

Meet Elvira

     I would like to introduce you to Elvira.  She is one of the main characters in my novel, William and Tibby Forever.  I almost missed out on having her in my life.  I was looking for a white or a yellow kitten.  When I went to the house of a friend who had kittens to give away, I spotted one that fit the bill almost immediately.  I was headed in its direction when my sister, who was with me, pointed to a kitten a few feet away.  “Oh, Lynda, this is the cat you need.”  I looked in the direction she was pointing.  Next to the steps of the house’s sundeck stood a scrawny, beetle-browed black kitten, with huge yellow eyes and not a bit of fluff on her.  My sister was right.  I immediately knew this was the cat I was supposed to have.​

     Unfortunately, Elvira was not of the same sentiment.  When she saw me take a step in her direction, she immediately fled under the sundeck.  I had to pay my friend’s son 25 cents to crawl under the deck and chase her out.  When she ran out, she ran right into my sister and me.  She   looked at me and then at my sister.  Then she made a mad dash between us.  I reached down and scooped her into my hands as she ran past.  I put her inside the flap of my overalls so she could get used to my smell and drove her home.  And she has been part of that home for almost 19 years.  But if I had not asked my sister to go with me that day and had she not gone, Elvira might not have been part of my life.  And I might not have written William and Tibby Forever.  On what small, seemingly inconsequential decisions do our lives rest.​

      Everyone thinks that I named Elvira after the song of that name by the Oak Ridge Boys.  But that is not the case.  I always take my time in naming a new cat so the name will fit.   When I saw my cat Tibby, who was soft and fluffy and round, I knew immediately that she should be named Tibby.   But naming Elvira was an entirely different matter. I tried a few like Muffin, Suki, Twinkle, but none worked. After about three days, I was beginning to wonder if I would come up with a name.​

     Not to worry.  I finally did come up with a name, a perfect one.  Now, Elvira was a very witchy looking cat with black fur highlighted by tan and brown tortoiseshell markings.  Her paw pads were black, her whiskers were black, her nose was black. And her huge yellow eyes held me in thrall, bewitching me totally.  As I was brushing her off one day, with those thoughts in mind, her name came to me.  I had once encountered a witch named Elvira.  I’m not sure where I met her.  In a book or a movie–somewhere like that. She was not a bad witch, but she was an enchanting one, wrapping her victims in her charms and spells and the lure of her eyes.  Just like my cat.  So I decided to name my cat after that witch.  And so Elvira became Elvira.  I think the name suits her to a “T.”​

     I cannot imagine my house without her.  She is now blind and deaf.  She suffers from kidney failure, a condition not uncommon to an old cat of nineteen years.   But she just keeps keeping on.  She had her left leg amputated when she six.  I was told she would probably live 2-3 years more.  She has lived 12 years more.​

I pretty well had William and Tibby Forever finished when she had to have her amputation. Since this is a novel about life in this world and the next, as seen from a cat’s point of view and since catastrophic illnesses are a common fact of life, I felt that I should include the events surrounding her illness in the book, focusing mainly on how she and I coped with it.  Needless to say, being Elvira, she sailed right through the whole thing, from her first diagnosis to the morning a year later when she ran up a tree after a bird.  I, however, was the basket case.  I have learned so much from her and I keep on learning.  Well, I hope you enjoyed meeting Elvira, a very important cat in William and Tibby Forever and in my life.​

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

What Authors Say About ReadersMagnet

Google Review

Readers Magnet Reviews are as Powerful as Personal Recommendations

ReadersMagnet
5.0
Based on 15 reviews
powered by Google
Hope Remains
Hope Remains
04:35 07 Dec 19
Ryan Mindo has been amazing in helping me sort out a confusing problem. He was patient with me, and never gave up. He's the kind of service person I wish I could find everywhere.
JoAnna Simmons
JoAnna Simmons
02:17 22 Nov 19
Red Sanchez is wonderful. He is very persistent in trying to help others. He is diligent, very encouraging, excellent at follow up, and delivers on his promises.
Constance Vincent, PhD
Constance Vincent, PhD
17:02 21 Nov 19
I am very impressed by ReadersMagnet and especially by the Publishing Consultant Victor Perry who was most helpful to me in sharing my blog to other readers.
Earle Masciantonio
Earle Masciantonio
23:29 19 Nov 19
So, I got a call. This very kind and patient man named Danver Maglasang walked me through this process to showcase my book, my baby, my hopes and dreams to share with more people than I can reach alone. What a wonderful fellow. I love him. Earlie Masciantonio
Eleni Voyages
Eleni Voyages
02:57 18 Nov 19
Amazing. ReadersMagnet to deal with. Hard working people. Friendly. Helpful in everway. Always there. Angelica is an amazing person to work with. She's the number one. Everyone is hard working individuaks.🙏👍🍷
Jim Bates
Jim Bates
18:49 26 Sep 19
I have been talking with Victor Perry at Reader’s Magnet for awhile now and I am grateful for his kindness and encouragement, he is always very friendly and helpful.
Arnie Lou Bulawan
Arnie Lou Bulawan
02:35 11 Jul 19
Indi Persa
Indi Persa
22:42 30 Apr 19
gregory mcleod
gregory mcleod
23:34 22 Apr 19
The Apathetical Man Gregory Martin McLeod Here at the Authors Lounge I find the encouragement to post my blogs.Readers magnet is about the best company I have ever worked with. They will forever be a place in my life for Readers magnet. Great Team, Keep the good work flowing
Grace Tinggil
Grace Tinggil
19:53 01 Apr 19
Amazing services .very friendly and fast responding staffs. like it!
Mark Williams
Mark Williams
22:12 29 Jan 19
Thank you, ReadersMagnet for reviewing my manuscript! Before, I wasn’t really sure if I should push forward my plans of self-publishing my book because I am not confident with my words. Your editorial services and your honesty made gave me the boost I needed. Now I am excited to take a step... further. I feel inspired. Great job, ReadersMagnet!read more
Ryan Mindo
Ryan Mindo
05:05 04 Dec 18
Lydia Greico
Lydia Greico
21:34 30 Nov 18
Total awesomeness
See All Reviews