Parenting and family, served with a shot of vodka
One of the best things about having young kids has been discovering the book character, Pete the Cat. He’s a laid-back, black feline who likes to surf, uses the word “groovy” and takes life as it comes.
For instance, he doesn’t give a fig if all the buttons pop off his favorite shirt because, hey, he still has his bellybutton (“Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons”). His white shoes get stained after he walks through a pile of blueberries? No worries! They’re just groovy blue shoes now (“Pete the Cat and His White Shoes”).
Pete’s motto: “It’s all good.” Certainly a message from which little ones can benefit at this age. That cliche about crying over spilt milk is no joke. That stuff is for real.
Still, any adult fan of Pete the Cat has probably wondered if Pete has a little side habit. When Pete is not teaching your children important life lessons, there’s a chance he’s out behind the hosta bushes enjoying a spot of cat nip. Let’s look at some evidence.
Exhibit A: His eyes. Pete must have stayed up realllllly late last night, right?
Exhibit B: His attitude.
Pete pretty much sucks at baseball, but he knows it’s all about fun and trying your best. He’s never been to the cafeteria or library at his new school, but he takes it all in stride. Pete is always calm, cool and collected, dude.
Exhibit C: He’s a musician. ‘Nuff said.
Exhibit D: Look at this guy EAT. Munchies, anyone?
Every time I read a Pete the Cat book, I think they need to make a movie and Matthew McConaughey circa “Dazed and Confused” needs to do the voice. And it kind of makes me love him even more.
If you have small tots, check Pete out. Great lessons, and an added laugh for mom or dad.
(And, Pete… I’m not sure where you live, but if it’s not Colorado or Washington, you may want to check out those states.)