- One 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle, 2/3 complete, left unattended for less than five minutes
- Two cats in the immediate vicinity, washing each other’s ears with increasing intensity, which often leads to a spat
- One smooth wooden puzzle table, left (did I mention?) unattended for—really!—less than five minutes
Allow cats to continue their ear-washing with no human supervision whatsoever, directly on top of the unfinished puzzle. A spat will naturally ensue. Expect to hear an unfamiliar, extended crashing noise, followed by a frantic skittering sound. The cats will then disappear for several hours. Visit the scene of their crime to find a completely empty table and approximately 700 pieces of previously-completed puzzle on the floor in a jumbled heap.
Your offspring will see the tears spring to your eyes and the shock and horror on your face. One of them (young adult daughter—so sweet and thoughtful) will rush to help, immediately offering to return all of the pieces to the puzzle box so you don’t have to even touch them in their current state. The other (teenage son—brimming with vast, impressive knowledge on all topics, like all teenage sons) will offer advice.continue reading