Mine on Monday

I've decided that I'm going to spend the next few weeks coming up with some rules and guidelines regarding this upcoming blurpy thing. You know, some for it and some for my beans. I think this is important because I only have 6 months to train my beans and they are sooooooo slow.

Also, I know that the "shrimp," as I like to call it, will be able to hear at some point so I plan on talking to mommy's belleh overnight to get my rules across. That way when it comes home, it already has the ground rules down.

Anyone who wants to contribute to these rules is welcome!! I want to get started right away.

Today is also Martain Luthor King Jr. Day. His "I Have a Dream" speech always makes mommy well up. We kitties can all get a long regardless of color, size and country. We hope beans around the world will follow our lead soon.

...I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."2

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,

From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!


Maggie May said...

Best of luck with the blurpy rules, Mr. Hendrix!!

The Island Cats said...

Wow! Hendrix...thanks for reminding us how powerful that speech was!

We hope you come up with some good rules for that blurpy thing...you can never start the training process too soon...

Parker said...

The. Best. Speech. Ever.
And rulz are good...

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

What a great post...

I bet Shrimpie The Sibling will be most proud of woo!

PeeEssWoo: Don't fur to start prakhticing your breath taking away skills...isn't that what 'they' say your 'kind' does?

Sunny's Mommy said...

Congratulations to all of you! That's a wonderful surprise :-D

Clover said...

Hi Hendrix!
Happy Martin Luther King Day and super huge congrats to you and your family on your big news!! I am so excited for you to have a blurpy thing of your very own! I bet you will be a wonderful big brother!
Love Clover xo

Niko and Cloud said...

Concatulations to your Beans about the blurpy shrimp!

Kaltsas Kats said...

We need to set rules too. The only thing we have is that we still need time with our mom and only our mom after the baby comes. Mom is 28 weeks and glad you got over the being sick part. Our mom never puked but she was really not feeling well. The smells will get better. They are hard to deal with though at the beginning. We'll be thinking of some rules for training. We are already a little angry that when we try to lay on moms tummy that we get kicked. The baby likes to hear us purr though.
-Patches and Nemo

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

I will start a list for you. You are so smart getting right on the training!!

Cory said...

Yes, best to start on the rules right now! At the very least...any food dropped or spilled by the "shrimp" rightfully belongs to you.

Unknown said...

Yes a list of rules is furry impawtant. We fink first on da list wud be no pullin furs... yup that one is most impawtant!

SophieKitty said...

Good luck with the rules! And I know I'm a day late. . . congratulaions on the new addition.

Quill and Greyson said...

It makes Mommy well up too. It's an exciting time.

Motor Home Cats said...

We think having some ground rules right off the bat is a good thing.

Mom loves that speech too.

Tavi, Cody, Camie and Miss Jade

Teddy Westlife said...

I will work hard on making up some blurpy rules for you Mr Hendrix.

Huffle Mawson

Forever Foster said...

We will have a good think about the Blurpy rules. It's a great idea to get right on it.

What a wonderful speech. Thankyou for posting it. We hadn't read it in a while, and it was great to see it again.

Simba and Jazzi said...

The first rule should be, always have a hand full of treats for the doggie. They might be small hands so a little bag to carry treats in might be helpful.

Simba x

jenianddean said...

I think it is good to make some rules, and start training now. The sooner the better. Good luck with the blurpy thing coming.

The Crew said...

My goodness Hendrix, what a stirring post!!

Now...on the subject of teaching the new blurpy your rules, you are correct. It's not too early to get started. I suggest laying against your Mom and repeating "I am the boss in this house" over and over. You could also prepare a written list, as I did, and have someone read it to the blurpy.