Introducing… Qubit

January 5, 2010 at 11:47 am 7 comments

After our final Computer Literacy class, I went outside with two of the kids to walk the dogs and harvest pecans. Before we got off the porch, a little black whiny kitten approached. It was rather cold out, so we decided to let the kitten spend one night in the house. When I took him inside, some of the students started to celebrate the fact that Ryan and I had a new pet.

Computer Literacy - Final Test - Jacal and Kitten
Jacal with Kitten

Ryan and I both spent time trying to squelch that notion.

“He’s just spending the night and then we are taking him to the SPCA”

“Don’t get attached. He’s just spending the night.”

“No– he’s just here for one night.”

Meanwhile, the kitten quickly showed he was fond of dogs. As Jimmie sniffed the newcomer, the kitten started to purr and rub his face on Jimmie’s snout.

Elizabeth City - Kitten (by Vick)

A few days later, nine year old Tyrek stopped by to chat. In mid sentence he stopped.

“Vicky,” he said, “That kitten is still here.”

Robotically I recited our standard response, “We’re taking to him to the SPCA.” Tyrek got a big knowing grin on his face. Heck, by that time, I didn’t even sound convincing to myself!

Soon after that, we succumbed and gave the kitten a name. Since he showed up during the Computer Literacy class on The Future, we named him after a concept discussed in the lecture. We started to call him “Qubit”.

A few days later, it Christmas time. We packed the dogs and the kitten up in the car and started making family visits. The kitten further demonstrated his love of dogs by curling up into a tiny, black ball in between Jimmie and Henry in the back seat.

I believe it was in Slapstick and possibly also Timequake, Kurt Vonnegut talked about an African culture where when a new baby was born, the parents would spend months traveling around the country, so the baby could meet all of its extended family. The little kitten went on a similar tour. First we stopped by Ryan’s family’s house in Virginia Beach where Qubit was ogled over and pampered. Then we went to my parents’ house in Occoquan… where Qubit was ogled over and pampered. πŸ™‚

Christmas 2009 - Vic, Becky and Qubit, Clint and Lemonjello
Qubit Gets Pets and Attention

Christmas 2009 - Timmy, Qubit, Eggnog
Qubit Gets Eggnog

Qubit seemed to enjoy Christmas quite a bit. Still not intimidated in the least by dogs, he didn’t shy from my Mom’s giant yellow lab, Sunny, and he spent a lot of time playing with a miniature pincher named Willy. Willy and Qubit took turns chasing a laser pointer. Qubit and Willy also teamed up against the Christmas Tree. Qubit would climb up it and occasionally bat an ornament off. Waiting Willy would then snatch it up and run off with it. πŸ™‚

Christmas 2009 - Qubit Attacks Ornament
Qubit in a Christmas Tree

By the time the holiday was over, there was no denying it.

Ryan and I had a new kitten!

Entry filed under: Animals, Christmas, Kurt Vonnegut, Qubit.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. geekhiker  |  January 5, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I didn’t even know storks delivered kittens… πŸ˜‰

    • 2. Kristina Rosenbaum  |  January 5, 2010 at 8:44 pm

      Storks deliver human babies…kittens come from catbirds.


  • 3. Sheer  |  January 5, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Yay kittens!

  • 4. Angel Preble  |  January 5, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Your sister, Carolyn, our friend Parthena and I have had KITTENS ON THE BRAIN lately. This post does NOT help!! YAY NEW KITTONS! Especially when it JUST so happens that they fit perfectly into your household. πŸ™‚

  • 5. Angel Preble  |  January 5, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    PS – for a second i thought Clint was wearing some kind of velour snuggie or something. LOL.

  • 6. Computer Literacy Program – Makeup Classes « TGAW  |  January 15, 2010 at 10:39 am

    […] give all the animals in this house a bath. I have five animals. Jimmie, Henry, Stench, Mollie and the kitten. I’m going to do the same process five times. ‘For each’ animal, I’ll do […]

  • 7. Qubit’s First Anniversary on Hunter Street! « TGAW  |  December 16, 2010 at 9:30 am

    […] happy one year anniversary to the egg-nog drinking, Christmas ornament batting, grapefruit chasing, dog food stealing, adoreably forgivable […]


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