"Toffee is very zen, isn't she?" said the old woman to the old man as I lay contentedly between them with my head in her lap.
"What the hell does that mean?" he asked. I was wondering that too. If it's nothing to do with prawns, I'm not interested.
She flustered a bit. "It's when, you know, when people - well, and cats - are, you know, like zenlike."
"Clear as mud," he replied.
She proceeded to look up the definition on the internet. "It says here it's a Japanese school of Mahayana Buddhism emphasizing the value of meditation and intuition rather than ritual worship or study of scriptures," she said triumphantly.
"Still clear as mud," said the old man. "But she certainly 'meditates' a lot if you can call sleeping meditating." He laughed as if he'd said something funny. He hadn't.
I leapt up and raced full pelt to the kitchen, skidding to a halt beside my food bowl. I meowed very loudly to draw attention to the fact that I was in imminent danger of starving to death.
I could hear the old man laughing and then saying, "She's not very zen now, is she?" The old woman sighed loudly as she strode into the kitchen to remedy the error of an empty bowl.
My blog That's Purrfect is also in the A to Z Challenge. Read it here www.thatspurrfect.co.uk
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