I know it’s kind of late
But Happy Birthday


Ummm . . .

I don’t know how to put this tactfully, so I’ll just come right out and say it:

You forgot Prudence’s birthday.

She turned one, if you care.

I wouldn’t mind so much, except she was really excited.

Now, I realize you don’t KNOW the date of Pru’s birth, but you might’ve dug around a little: made some calls, checked the records, looked up kitten birth announcements.


Oh, WE celebrated Pru’s birthday. Special food, lots of toys, extra catnip. I even pretended to accidentally drop a whole bag of pine nuts on my pine-nut-colored kitchen floor so she could “find” all the pine nuts. That was fun. Gus gave her an extra-thorough birthday bath with lots of ear nips and belly chomps. And she got phone calls from both grandmas.

But as the day came to an end and there were still no birthday wishes from all of Pru’s blogging friends . . .

. . . her tiny pink lower lip began to tremble. Her wee nose, the color of a watermelon Jolly Rancher, began to quiver. Her beady little eyes widened in disbelief.


I tried to explain to her that people are busy, and not everyone celebrates kittens’ first birthdays. I think she understood. And she may forgive you.

Or she may not.


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50 Responses to “I Remembered Prudence’s Birthday”

  1. 1 Jaffer

    Meow !

    There ! Happy ?

  2. 2 Kelly

    You didn’t remind me!!

    Happy b-day Prudence! If you send me your address, I’ll send you a delicious birthday present. :)

    Kelly’s last blog post..Small Abstract No. 61

  3. 3 cardiogirl

    She totally looks like she is going through the five stages of grief in those photos, except not totally in order and one must be missing since there are only four pictures.

    But I think you know what I mean.

    And in the last picture she really looks like she’s thinking, “Oh f*ck you and the horse you rode in on. Late, to boot.”

    cardiogirl’s last blog post..The book of questions, Volume 38

  4. 4 April

    hehe. Happy Birthday, Prudence. *virtual ear scritches*

  5. 5 Edie

    Happy Belated Birthday Pru!

    Happy Birthday to Pru
    Happy Birthday to Pru
    You are a pretty kitty
    And you purr like one too!

    Hope that wonderful rendition made up for my belatedness.

  6. 6 Canucklehead

    Aw man – my reminder JUST popped up on my computer and I rushed over! OK – here goes nothing … ahem …

    Dear Prudence, won’t you come out to play
    Dear Prudence, greet the brand new day
    The sun is up, the sky is blue
    It’s beautiful and so are you
    Dear Prudence won’t you come out to play …


    Canucklehead’s last blog post..Red Hot White House

  7. 7 sparkey17

    Pru, im sorry im late, but im a huge fan of yours, happy birthday

  8. 8 Jenn Thorson

    Virtual pine nuts to her and a bit o’ catnip as well!

    Jenn Thorson’s last blog post..I’ve Been Working on the Hellmouth

  9. 9 Daisy the Curly Cat

    Oh noes! How could I have forgotten! Let me make you a special birthday poem to make it up to you, Prudence:

    It was wrong to forget your birthday,
    My brain, it was acting squirrelly
    So here’s a special birthday poem
    From Daisy, the cat that’s curly

    ps: Does squirrelly rhyme with curly? I am not sure.

    Daisy the Curly Cat’s last blog post..Fashion Friday: Aloha!

  10. 10 Stephanie

    I have a grandmother, two grandparents-in-law, a mother, a mother-in-law, nine siblings (with two spouses), 22 aunts and uncles, and some 40-50 cousins to remember, not to mention eight nieces and nephews and three children of my own and a husband – all with birthdays to remember. Sorry, Pru, I wouldn’t expect anything next year either.

    If it makes you feel better, I only consistently remember and do something on the birthdays for my kids and my husband and, usually, one sister.

    I suck.

    Stephanie’s last blog post..For Patricia: How Do I Get Grandchildren?

  11. 11 feefifoto

    Hold on, the Post Office didn’t deliver my card?! Darn them.

    feefifoto’s last blog post..Photoshop Phriday: Week Three

  12. 12 TheSnackHound

    You are mean.

    Now I have “Dear Prudence” in my head.

    Ah well…at least it is the Beatles and not something far worse, like the Barbie Girl Song.

    TheSnackHound’s last blog post..New Head DIY’er: Andrew Wagner Joins ReadyMade

  13. 13 Angi

    That first picture makes me sad.

    Happy belated birthday, Prudence!!


    Angi’s last blog post..Just So’s Ya Know

  14. 14 babs - beetle

    Happy birthday tooo yoooo
    Happy birthday tooo yoooo
    Happy birthday sweet Prudence
    Happy birthday tooo yoooooooomeaoooooow!

    Surely it’s your job to remember it for us, but aren’t you duty bound to remind us? I think so.

    babs – beetle’s last blog post..Going back in Time. Final part – Love is

  15. 15 Carl

    Happy meow meow day, Prudence.

    Carl’s last blog post..I Should Become a Bra Designer

  16. 16 Shieldmaiden96

    Dearest Prudence,

    I read with shock the sad and seemingly bottomless indifference of these humans whom we allow to live with us. Given the amount of time my ‘Dad’ spends tending to the whims of these ‘Internet Friends’ I am hardly surprised that they would overlook the auspicious birthday of one of our own. I try to give him subtle hints that he’s been ‘online’ too long, when laying on the desk hugging his arm fails, I simply sit and smack him or attack his poster of the ‘Desiderata’. “Vexatious to the spirit” indeed!

    These unpleasantries aside, I trust that you had a splendid celebration and I wish you many more.

    I remain,

    Lord of the house of Rambler and Dispatcher

    Shieldmaiden96’s last blog post..Surviving the New Economy

  17. 17 Puglette

    Happy Birthday to you Prudence! I wish you the best for many more.

    and to your mom…
    geesh, lay on the guilt why don’t you?!? ;o)
    you have quite the hand at writing layers of guilt. i am now so depressed over the lack of prior knowledge of prudence’s birthday that i must increase my zoloft and welbutrin cocktail. or should i break out the lovely little stash of vicodin to boost my mood. hmmm….what would prudence do.

    i know! take a nap in the sun! that’s what prudence would do!

    off to find some sun…
    puglette and ollie, the best nap buddy ever

    Puglette’s last blog post..I Like Thursdays

  18. 18 Regan

    Pru, I’m so sorry!! I can celebrate here with cake and ice cream in honor of your birthday!! Happy first birthday! Sorry I missed it. :)

    When is your birthday so I know for next year?

    Regan’s last blog post..Girl Scout Cookies

  19. 19 flit

    I think that I would like to steal Stephanie the incredibly smart rocket scientist’s comment and just adjust it for all the many people I forget to call on their birthdays…CARP!!! … including my father, even though my brother actually reminded me the day before! I suck!

  20. 20 Lisa Lisa

    OMG! How could I not feel bad! Happy Birthday Prudence!!!! And many moooooore!

  21. 21 Lola

    Sophie (who has been permanently attached to my leg since my daughter has been in the hospital) says “meow, rrrrr, meow” and is every so sorry for missing Pru’s birthday. Sophie’s is coming up May 1st. Mark your calender.

    Lola’s last blog post..If I Could Blog Back Time Thursdays!

  22. 22 Musing

    Hope you had a meownificent day, Prudence!

    And so sorry about the forgetting part. It’s all I can do sometimes to remember my own kids’ birthdays!

    Musing’s last blog post..Something you crave

  23. 23 Tara

    Awww, now I feel sorry for poor lil’ Prudence; “Happy Birthday, baby.”

    However, looking at that last pic of hers, I’m now starting to feel kinda sorry for us who forgot her big day. After all, do you really think we’ll be safe to go to sleep at night after this? LOL

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, cutie pie! :-)

    Tara’s last blog post..When All Else Fails…Post A Poem

  24. 24 absepa

    Can I use my cat allergy as an excuse for forgetting Prudence’s birthday? Maybe? I guess that doesn’t really cut it, but I am a big fan of Pru’s YouTube videos, at least.

    absepa’s last blog post..I Love This So Much…

  25. 25 MomZombie

    Happy Birthday to Pru.
    I never forget my cat’s birthday: It’s Sept. 11. Though, hardly a day of celebration. He seems to understand.

    MomZombie’s last blog post..Get the shovel and tissues

  26. 26 Grace

    Happy Birthday Pru – If I hadda known, well tell your Momma to give us all fair warning. To Da Momma: Good thing you had a party for Pru, they say that if you celebrate your kitties birthday they will never leave home.

    Grace’s last blog post..Time – choose wisely

  27. 27 Trade Show Guru

    Belated Happy Birthday!
    ~ Steve, the forgetful trade show guru
    PS. Adorably cute pictures JD!

    Trade Show Guru’s last blog post..Trade Show Booth Staffing Secrets

  28. 28 Your Daily Cute

    Happy late birthday, Pru! You are beautiful. :)

    …and nice to see your Entrecard on YourDailyCute.com today!

    Your Daily Cute’s last blog post..*TickleTickle* Little Loris!

  29. 29 JD

    Jaffer: Yes, thank you. Was that so hard?

    Kelly: I thought I sent out a reminder! Could this somehow be my fault? Nah. Will you really send Pru something delicious? She would LOVE that!

    cardiogirl: Yeah, she’s pretty much fed up by the last picture. But she doesn’t have a very long attention span. I bet she’s forgotten all about it by now.

    April: Prudence thanks you! She absolutely loves ear scritches—virtual and otherwise!

    Edie: What a beautiful song! Yes, Prudence is nodding with pleasure. You have appeased her!

    Canucklehead: Another beautiful song. Prudence thanks you. Her tail is thumping with joy.

    sparkey17: Pru appreciates your support! Thank you!

    Jenn Thorson: Yes, please make those pine nuts virtual—the real ones were a BITCH to pick up. The catnip is most appreciated as well!

    Daisy the Curly Cat: Prudence says that is the most wonderful poem she has ever heard (and she hears a LOT). And she says, yes, “squirrely” definitely rhymes with “curly.”

    Stephanie: Altho Prudence let out a small “harrumph,” I do not think she thinks you suck. And I certainly do not think you suck.

    feefifoto: That postal service is soooo unreliable. Prudence says, it’s the thought that counts.

    TheSnackHound: What’s the Barbie Girl Song??? Prudence says if you sing that, you will be forgiven (and you may get “Dear Prudence” out of your head).

    Angi: Aw, thanks for the cyberscritch. Pru is leaning her head toward the computer screen appreciatively.

    babs – beetle: Thank you for yet another bee-yootiful birthday song JUST for Prudence. She is purring and purring and purring. I could have reminded you—but Pru wanted to see if you’d remember on your own.

    Carl: Pru says “Thank meow!”

    Shieldmaiden96 and Seamus Prudence is honored to be addressed directly—and so eloquently!—by the Great and Noble Seamus. If she were a little bit older, she could respond herself. But she thanks you from the bottom of her round, scratchable belly.

    Puglette: Prudence thanks you and appreciates your wisdom in realizing that that is EXACTLY what she would do. Nothing is better than a sun nap . . . well, except for a Vicodin sun nap. Ahhhh. OH! A Vicodin sun nap WITH OLLIE! Zzzzzz.

    Regan: Pru is simply delighted that you are celebrating with cake and ice cream. Can you hold a spoon up to the computer screen for her, please?

    flit: No one sucks! Prudence doesn’t want anyone to feel guilty. She plans to have MANY more birthdays and thus MANY more opportunities for good wishes and prezzies.

    Lisa Lisa: Prudence appreciates your sincere good wishes. She is no longer the least bit upset. In fact, I think she’s forgotten the whole thing.

    Lola: Calendar has been marked. Gus’s birthday is May 1, too, so hopefully I’ll remember. (Gus will be SIX!) Thank you, Sophie, for your delightful birthday wishes.

    Musing: Prudence understands. Now. She was just a bit disappointed at first. She had a very fun birthday and looks forward to many more.

    Tara: Thank you! And you’re quite perceptive. Prudence forgets, but she never forgives (?) Anyway, if you feel tiny claws digging into your feet one of these nights, don’t be surprised.

    absepa: Pru says you are excused, especially since you watch her state-of-the-art videos. She promises many more to come.

    MomZombie: Thank you. And, aw. I think cats do understand these sorts of things.

    Grace: Oh, my GOD! Pru better not ever leave home! I’ll throw a party for her every DAY if I have to!

    Trade Show Guru: Thank you! Your forgetfulness has been forgiven by a benevolent Pru, who appreciates your praise.

    Your Daily Cute: Pru thanks you! How she does love praise!

  30. 30 Tippy

    I rely on Facebook to remind me of everyone’s birthdays…Pru has yet to accept my ‘friend request’, so really, she can’t blame me!

    But, being the bigger person (literally), I would like to wish Miss Pru a very Happy First Year Plus One Day Birthday!!!!

  31. 31 Jay

    Tell Prudence I’m most awfully, terribly sorry. My only excuse is that I’m extraordinarily bad at the whole date thing. Only today I was reminding OH of this and telling him that if no-one reminded me, I’d probably forget my own birthday! LOL!

  32. 32 Lin

    Helllllooooo?? Prudence??? I’m doing what true pallies do–we ignore birthdays for our best girlfriends. If they don’t bring them up, WE don’t bring them up!! It’s not that I didn’t know it was your birthday, I thought you weren’t celebrating–girls get kinda funky about birthdays, you know?

    So, I’m sending you some love from Hobbes, Grace, and myself and the fondest of kitten birthday wishes. I hope you got fish flavored treats, some catnip, and perhaps a new mouse toy or something fab like that. And may I add that you don’t look a day over 8 months???! You look fab, woman. Fab! (air kisses)

    Lin’s last blog post..My Third Eye

  33. 33 Stephanie Barr

    By the way, Roxy’s been anxiously awaiting her birthday present (one year old) since March 11. That didn’t get lost in the mail, did it?

    Stephanie Barr’s last blog post..For Kathy: A Rainbow of Explanations

  34. 34 Stephanie Barr

    She’s waiting

    Stephanie Barr’s last blog post..For Kathy: A Rainbow of Explanations

  35. 35 JD

    Tippy: Pru is just terrible when it comes to Facebook. I’ll have to remind her to check her new friend requests and other updates. In the meantime, Pru thanks you for the lovely birthday wishes!

    Jay: I rarely think of my own b-day these days. It’s just not a big deal. But Prudence’s birthday (and Gus’s)—well, that’s an event. But Pru accepts your apologies.

    Lin: Oh, my goodness! Prudence adored your birthday wishes and says to thank Hobbes and Grace, too. She was a bit sensitive about the age issue, especially after carefully inspecting all her photos for possible wrinkles. So she appreciates your sensitivity.

    Stephanie Barr: Oh, poor Roxy! She waits and waits by that door, hoping every morning for a pile of birthday prezzies!

  36. 36 Tiggy

    Sorry about that, Pru! It was on my calendar, but there was a house fire and the smoke obscured the date and then the power went out…

    I forgot my own dog’s birthday once. He didn’t notice, but I felt guilty for days.

    Tiggy’s last blog post..4/20 Day: A Place For Your Stash

  37. 37 Jen

    Happy Birthday Pru, so sorry I didn’t remember. Can you ever forgive me?

    Jen’s last blog post..Name That Tune

  38. 38 Pricilla

    Maaaaameow to you.
    I am not really a cat lover. I butt all of the farm cats but I still send you warm birthday wishes. You are not close enough to me to stalk me or my kid.

    I hope you had a fun day – it sure sounds like it! I like apples for treats not pine nuts….

    Pricilla’s last blog post..It’s Abby Day!

  39. 39 Bingo

    …”Dear Prudence let me see you smile
    Dear Prudence like a little child
    The clouds will be a daisy chain
    So let me see you smile again
    Dear Prudence won’t you let me see you smile?”…

    So sorry and happy birthday to you!!

    Bingo’s last blog post..Fresh Radish in Lettuce Boats

  40. 40 Maureen

    Holy crapoly…. Pru! I am so sorry. But loook at it this way; you’re BD is being spread out for days!!

    So even though this is late, it is no less heartfelt:

    Happy Happy Happy Day Pru!

    With loves from Tawnee, Dakotah and Sheba (oh and me, Maureen too)

    Maureen’s last blog post..You Named Your Kid What?

  41. 41 JD

    Tiggy: Pru is a little suspicious of your excuse, but she’s willing to let it slide, seeing how you felt so guilty already about your poor dog’s b-day. There’s always next year.

    Jen: Pru has forgiven you! How lucky you are to have gained Pru’s forgiveness. Just don’t let it happen again (Pru warns).

    Pricilla: Prudence appreciates your birthday wishes! She has never seen or talked to a goat before, so she is quite honored. She would never stalk you, but she might try to nibble on your ear.

    Bingo: Thank you for the beautiful hand-written birthday song made up especially for Pru! She has never had a song written in her honor, so she is quite pleased (I don’t have the heart to tell her it’s not an original song.)

    Maureen: Aw! Prudence is so happy at the notion of a spread-out birthday. She is feeling the love! Many thanks to you and Tawnee, Dakotah, and Sheba for the b-day wishes!

  42. 42 Anne

    We are not very good with animal birthdays here in the Small Town. I keep trying to convince my kids to share their birthdays with the animals so they are easier to remember. Happy belated birthday Prudence. I hope you received lots of catnip.

    Anne’s last blog post..Random Tuesday Thoughts: The Just Say No to Drugs Edition

  43. 43 Koolmotor

    Rudy bought a card for Pru.

    But then he ate it.

    Happy Birthday.

  44. 44 D at Seafoodpunch

    what??! I thought i was doing pru a favor since everyone in my family hates getting reminded about their birthday.

    D at Seafoodpunch’s last blog post..Impossumable

  45. 45 Florida Girl In Sydney

    And I keep thinking– is my google reader broken or are none of my favorite people writing??? Hope you’re out having fun somewhere– doing something so I don’t have to, of course.

    Florida Girl In Sydney’s last blog post..Sand Dunes and Beaches and Bowling, oh my.

  46. 46 JD

    Anne: Prudence very much appreciates your kind birthday wishes. She did indeed get lots of catnip and proceeded to roll around like an idiot. Hope your Small Town birthdays are just as fun!

    Koolmotor: RUDY! Oh, well. It’s the thought that counts.

    D at Seafoodpunch: Pru may come to hate birthdays as she gets older, but for now, she’s very into the whole idea. Please mark your calendar. You DON’T want to make this mistake next year!

    Florida Girl In Sydney: I don’t always seem to get updated posts in my reader either. Hmmm.

  47. 47 TheSnackHound

    JD: You have never heard the Barbie Girl song?? I will say that having “Dear Prudence” stuck in one’s had is much preferable to the heck that would be the Barbie Song for the 45,968,484 bajillionth time.


    Rolling Stone magazine decided that it was one of the most annoying songs in the world. Whoops…I shoulda told you that before you watched it!

    Okay Barbie…let’s go party… lol

    TheSnackHound’s last blog post..Sheena, Queen of the Juicer

  48. 48 JD

    TheSnackHound: How the hell did this get by me? I swear, I have never heard it or heard OF it. Oh, God. My head is already bobbing back and forth to the tune in my head. EAR WORM!

  49. 49 Niffy

    Hey, when my Emma cat turned one we surprised her with her very own kitten as a gift. She reminds us all the time that Cali is her kitty, not ours.

  50. 50 JD

    Niffy: Aw, that’s so cute! Well, of course Cali belongs to Emma, if Emma says so. That’s how it works at our house.


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