You know those magic tricks where the magician shows you an empty box, and then closes the door. A few magic words are spoken, the door is opened, and a leggy blonde emerges? Well we had something similar happen in our home tonight. Lori and I were sitting on the futon practicing our sign language, and I kept hearing funny noised in the kitchen. I got up and looked and none of the cats were in the kitchen so I went back and sat down. A few minutes later the noises started up again and I checked the cupboard under the stove because it was open. We keep the cat food bowls there and open the cupboard when Artie wants a snack. (Usually every few hours.) Just to be sure Artie wasn’t in the cupboard I checked, even looking behind the bag of food. Convinced he wasn’t in there, I closed the cupboard and then went down the hallway to look for him. He wasn’t there, he wasn’t in my chair, and he wasn’t out on the back porch so I figured he must have gone outside.
Once again I went back to the futon to continue our lesson. But shortly I was interupted again by a loud crash in the kitchen. Thinking maybe we had mice running around I opened the door under the stove again, and there was Artie. At first I couldn’t figure out how he had managed to transport himself into the closed cupboard, but after a more thorough examination I found that he had jumped over the wall into an adjoining cabinet that opens on the other side. It gave us a good laugh, the little trick he played on us. It even gave us the chance to use the sign for “fooled you” that we learned earlier.