Just about 20 minutes from where we live is an itty bitty country town known as Juliette. There’s not much in Juliette except for back country roads, houses, and one little road that has become a tourist destination thanks to the 1991 movie Fried Green Tomatoes. I’ve never seen the movie, but apparently it was filmed at the Whistle Stop Cafe, a down-home Southern cookin’ restaurant located in Juliette. Since the restaurant became somewhat famous, the little country road it is located on has grown a bit to include a few little shops and art studios. It’s a cute little road that Bobby and I thought would make for a fun adventure spot for Sophie and Lucy.
#WobblyWednesday Confession: This outing was more difficult for me than our outings usually are. See, I prefer more quiet adventure spots that don’t really have many other people around. The reason? I hate how some people react to seeing Sophie walk. There’s nothing graceful about Sophie – she weaves and wobbles and stumbles and sometimes just flat out falls on her face/butt/etc… Some people recognize that there must be some underlying medical reason why this is, and they will come up to me and ask about it. Other people point and laugh, or comment about how much she must hate walking on her leash because of how she is walking, implying that I am forcing my cat to do something she obviously hates. I am quick to correct them, to explain that she has a neurological condition, and that she actually loves going out on her leash. This quickly shuts them up, but it still hurts. I know that Sophie doesn’t know that anyone is making fun of her. But I know. And I hate it.
I know I shouldn’t let it get to me – that I shouldn’t care what anyone else thinks or says, that I should be more like Sophie and just keep on trucking along, paying no mind to the haters. I do take the opportunity to raise awareness and explain what cerebellar hypoplasia is, but sometimes I can’t help but get my feelings hurt. I will take a play from the Sophie Book though, and I will keep moving forward. Together we will show the world that CH isn’t going to stop this kitty (or any kitty)!