On March 9, 2018, Missy took a chance on an open door and slipped out of her family home. She was determined to audition for the Cats Broadway Tour after hearing her best fur-friend, an outdoor cat, yowling “Memory” for a number of nights in a row just outside her human’s window.
It wasn’t an easy decision to make because she loved Kayla and Missy knew Kayla loved her too. But Missy’s desire to dance and sing on Broadway was just too strong to ignore.
Before Missy left her home, she went into Kayla’s room and rubbed her cheek on Kayla’s most favourite stuffy, her pillow, and rolled around on her bed so Kayla would hopefully know that Missy loved her very much. She had chosen to leave while Kayla was away because Missy hates goodbyes and she knew she would have cried and she didn’t want Kayla to see her so upset. Missy wanted Kayla to remember her as a happy kitty because she was going to do great things!
With a final look back at Kayla’s room, Missy disappeared into the vast world.
Missy admits that Oshawa was a busy place; there are a lot of cars, other animals (some aren’t so nice!), and lots and lots of humans! She had never seen so many! Missy tried to talk to many of them, ask them how to get to Toronto so she could audition for the Cat’s Musical Broadway tour, however most of them simply walked away. She never lost hope of her dream despite being cold, hungry, and alone outside. She slept under porches, bushes, and she even found a great place to sleep under a shed! She met some fur-friends and promised to write, but it was Kayla who she was missing and Missy was beginning to think she made the wrong decision.
After a couple weeks of searching for Toronto, she met a new fur-friend who told her about something called a “car” and it was on this big moving object that many fur-friends have found a quicker route to their destination!! Her fur-friend did let her know travelling by car was very dangerous, but Missy felt her dream of dancing on Broadway was worth this risk.
She did exactly as her fur-friend had told her; she climbed up into the engine compartment and waited. It was warm and Missy was grateful to have found a nice warm place to nap. It was sometime later that Missy woke up to the loud sound of an engine being turned on. Despite her terror, Missy remained still as the car began to move.
After what seemed like 2 lifetimes, the noise and the car came to a stop. She darted out and she could instantly smell coffee. Where there is coffee, there is cream! Missy stared at the red sign and could see cars drive up to a window where they would simply put their arm out a window to receive a cup of their favourite drink! Missy thought she would sit at this window in the hopes that she too would be able to get a cup filled with delicious cream. Her tummy grumbled at the thought of the rich taste on her tongue and in her tummy.
As she sat by the window late at night, a big red truck came toward this window, Missy quickly became scared and ran away. The big red truck got a cup of goodness, moved forward, then stopped. The man in the truck got out and proceeded to walk toward her. She was intrigued, yet terrified. Then she heard the all too familiar sound of a tin being popped open. HE HAD FOOD! The man put the food down and Missy eagerly ate it up. She wasn’t aware just how hungry she was!!! By the time she finished eating, the man was gone and Missy went and found somewhere to spend the night.
The following night, she went back to the red sign and waited at the window and called out to the person who was giving out cups. They didn’t hear her. Then she heard a familiar sound; it was the big red truck! She sat under the red sign and waited. Again, the man came out of his truck and gave her some yummy food. She was SO hungry! So hungry, she didn’t notice the man drive away yet again. She looked around frantically for him, but he was gone. She decided she liked this man and hoped to see him again the following night, only this time, she would ask him to drive her to the theatre so she could audition for the Cats Musical Broadway tour.
The next night the man wasn’t there. She could smell the delicious food though! Maybe she missed him? She desperately hoped she could find his big red truck, but the hunger pains were too much for her so she used her nose to guide her to the food she was now craving.
The food was inside a wired box. Weird. Missy could see through it, but she couldn’t understand why she had to go in a box to get to her food. Maybe this was some kind of audition for a cat food commercial?! She washed her face and proceeded to go inside the wire box for her meal. She was determined to show the man in the big red truck that she was the best cat for the job!
Whoa! Missy was startled with the loud bang and she realized that she no longer had a way out. She was trapped. She began to cry, until…
The man in the big red truck pulled up slowly and placed a blanket over the wire box. He told her she would be okay. His voice was soothing and calm. She was placed inside the big red truck and the truck began to move.
The next thing Missy knew, he could hear a lady’s voice! She got excited, maybe it was her human and she was going back home!
She was given a room of her own and the nice lady immediately began to talk to her and pet her. She wasn’t too sure who this lady was, but Missy knew she liked her. The man was there too. Her room was much nicer than the outside. It was small, but she had a bathroom and a kitchenette complete with fresh food and water! It had been a while since she actually sat down for a meal without needing to look over her shoulder!
As she ate, Missy noticed the lady wave something over her shoulders and there was a beep. She isn’t sure what made the sound or why but figured it must have been a good thing because it didn’t hurt.
Missy was feeling quite tired now. Little did she know, it had been two months she had been gone from her human’s home. She didn’t realize just how much she missed having someone pet her and love her. Purrhaps Musical Broadway just wasn’t for her after all.
As she drifted off to sleep, she couldn’t help but smile. She felt safe once again and knew she would be able to sleep with both eyes closed tonight.
In the morning, Missy was greeted by the man and the lady. They both looked at her and she could feel the concern they felt just by looking into their eyes. It was then that the lady asked Missy how she got to Burlington all the way from Oshawa. Missy stared at the lady and did a long blink. The lady reached over and pet Missy on her head. Missy began to purr. The lady then told Missy she knew. She knew what Missy wanted. Missy looked up at her and began to sit up. The lady told Missy that she was so beautiful she must have been on her way to audition for the Cat’s Broadway Musical! How did she know that?! Missy gave an enthusiastic “miaou” as the lady picked her up and gave her the biggest hug she’s felt in over two months.
The lady then told Missy her big surprise! She would take her to her audition and help her travel the world so she could live out her dream of being on tour with Broadway! Missy was so excited she began to purr again. Then she remembered Kayla. She missed Kayla terribly. How would she be able to tell Kayla just how much she loved her and missed her? She decided to talk to the lady about Kayla. The lady listened very carefully and they both decided on a solution they felt would help ease both of their hearts. You see, Missy has a much younger brother named Bandit. Bandit was all alone and needed a family to call his own. The lady reached out to her loving family and asked them if they would look after her little brother, Bandit. To everyone’s excitement, Missy’s family said they would love to take care of Bandit! Missy couldn’t be happier!!! She could live out her dream on Broadway plus she would now have the reassurance that her little brother is well cared for.
Missy still thinks of Kayla every day, but she knows that with the help from the lady, she will be able to write to Kayla about her adventures on Broadway.
Missy loves you Kayla! She promises to send you an update again very soon! Please give her little brother, Bandit, a hug and a kiss for her.
A mom of 3 that loves Jesus Christ, my children, cats, and of course, all that God created. Thank you for checking us out here at ELM!