I’m a bit late for yesterday’s Daily Create, but when I saw the assignment was based around the theme of 12 I couldn’t resist. I have a long love affair with the number 12, I was born on the 12th and I also loved Terry Bradshaw growing up. What’s more, it has always seemed like one of the foundational numbers of Western Civilization akin to three or seven: the 12 disciples of Christ, 12 months in a year, the 12 labors of Hercules, etc. Fact is, 12 is not a throwaway number, it has real cultural gravity. So, it makes sense that since my early twenties I wanted to name my first child 12. Not twelve, but 12—it had to be numeric.
But (and some would say thankfully) that never happened, not because I wouldn’t have named my first kid 12, but because before I could fate got in the way. I found a stray cat rolling around on the sidewalk outside my apartment in Brooklyn in the Fall of 1998. I never owned my own pet before, and the neighborhood kids were begging me to give her a home. Beign the sap that I am, I did. What’s more, I named her 12. Not only sparing my first child that cruel fate, but also creating a deep link between man and feline that is still going strong. Twelve never seems to age, I took the above image of her basking in the morning sun on my blogging chair in the den.
I dig 12. She was never a particularly affectionate cat, on the contrary she spent much of the first three or four years of our relationship attacking me. Despite this she has been a loyal companion, and has been a constant in some of the most awesome and painful moments of my life over the last fifteen years. She was there when I was married, when my mom died, when my three kids were born. What’s more, she makes the list when my youngest lists who’s who in our family—12 is not a just number, she’s a free cat! So, when seeing yesterday’s Daily Create I had to take the occasion to capture her presence amongst us. She’s been with me for so long now I’m afraid I’ve started to take her for granted. I don’t want to, because I know I’m gonna miss it when she finally decides to join all the other cats in that great internet in the sky.