The Woman Who Wore Cat
The Woman Who Wore Cat is a short inspirational story about a strange old woman in a park. Considered by the towns folk to be more than eccentric, but less than insane, Rose Shipley is an outcast. Local christian pastor, Chuck Porter finds himself at the mercy of her mystery and wisdom.
The cat she wore, the town speculated, must have been the favorite puss of them all. A large, long haired calico, it was sufficient in length to drape around her narrow shoulders with the tail under her upper right arm and its stiff front legs tucked under the other arm. The poor creature still bore yellowed claws that she used to “hook” into her clothing and fasten it securely to her dress. Rose Shipley was odd indeed.
It was of this reputation that Pastor Chuck Porter from the next town over was aware as he slowly walked with heavy heart into the park. He had seen her about town as a young man and sometimes passing by a church where he had preached in the area. With slumped shoulders and head down he wearily slumped onto the bench opposite her, divided by about ten feet. Seeing her, he avoided her gaze and looked past her to the fountain adjacent him. His greying brown hair, squinted eyes, and furrowed brow suggested the strain of ministry might steal from his still youthful face.
Rose studied him and, abiding by her own social decorum, gave him a moment before the pleasantries should ensue. Sensing her deliberate gaze, he felt provoked to look at her.