チャッピーのはなし

「ホリーチャッピー」はアクセサリーブランド。 そして、チャッピーは我が家で飼っていた雌猫。 出会った夏の夜、すでにおばあちゃんだったチャッピー。 当たり前の様に家にあがり、私の膝の上で寝て、当たり前のように飼い猫になった。 飼い主とペットは親と子のように例えられるが、私たちは違った。 「叔母と姪」、私が姪である。 餌が無いと、睨み、「空じゃないの。」と文句を言う。媚びず、我儘な叔母上。 時は経ち、叔母は病気に、手術もわずかな時間稼ぎにしかならなかった。 担当医は「もう外には出さ無いほうが…」と。 そんなこと、叔母が聞いてくれるはずも無い。 キリッと睨みつけ「出しなさいよ」とすごい剣幕。 根負けし戸を開けると逃げる風も無く堂々と出かけていった。 「ふざけんじゃ無いわよ。」と言わんばかりに。 あの後ろ姿が忘れられ無い。

「堀 チャッピー」 = 「ホリーチャッピー」猫の名前だ。

 

Story of Chappy

“holly c happy” is a brand of accessories and miscellaneous goods.
Chappy was our family female cat.
It was one summer night when we met. She seemed too basic to mention being into our house and fell asleep on my knee. Chappy was already an old cat when she naturally became a member of our family.
An owner and his/her pet animal is likened to a parent and his/her child but it wasn’t our case. It was rather an aunt and her niece relation, and me niece. When my aunt’s feed is empty, she glares at me and complains “Empty, isn’t it”. Never acting obsequiously, she was a self-willed aunt.
Time passed and my aunt became ill. Surgery didn’t help to extend her life so long. The doctor said “Better to let her stay at home” though Chappy didn’t listen to him.
She got angry and shot me a quelling glare “Let me out!” I was beaten down and opened the door, then she walked out in a stately pace never like running away.
She looked as though saying “F*ck off” and I will never forget the retreating figure of her that moment.
“Hori Chappy” = “holly c happy”, name of a cat.