What is a lifeku?

A lifeku is a haiku about daily life. For those who are unfamiliar with haiku, it is a form of Japanese poetry usually about nature, "profound," and formatted in 3 lines of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and 5 syllables. Feel free to check out some famous haikus if you still don't get it.

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Tuesday, December 2

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I often come across "cat women" (women with cats, which is different from "Cat Women" who look like cats, keep up people) who insist on wearing black and dark gray (it's slimming) even though they have what appears to be some sort of furry quilt covering their entire person. These women stand next to me on the metro, where I watch the cat hairs sway back and forth in the gentle breeze of the open window, just barely gripping the wool, taunting. I can help but recoil if the coat itself sways in my direction, as I am already losing the battle against Chloe's hair (my Yorkie.) But no amount of Chloe hair could ever compare to, say, a Himalayan, which sheds enough to coat your home in what appears to be very soft snow. Velcro-y snow. I understand that they love their animals and what not, but seriously, why not put things in a CLOSET. They have doors that close. And on the rare occasion that they live in a studio with no closet, they still have other options. It's as if they've never heard of hair removal, which is an idea that could very possibly make my mother's head explode, since my mother's #1 pet peeve is cat hair on clothes and furniture. Regardless of why, crazy cat ladies out there, this one goes out to you:

Disheveled woman
Here, have this lint roller for
Your coat of cat hair

6 Comments:

Maureen said...

eww...I know, these people are so gross - it's called a vacuum...

It's so gnarly to see cat hair like that on coats and scarfs and mittens, and makes me sneeze when I am up next to people who have cat hair all over them. Yuck Yuck Yuck!

Daughter said...

Mittens? Who uses mittens? They're totally impractical.

I feel a lifeku coming on...

JijiN3k0 said...

My cat's name is Chloe :P Her hair is quite a pain to my mother as well and the vacuum had to be upgraded to a bissel super duper pet fur buster or something of the like just to battle Chloe fur. It's a good thing that it doesn't stick to the outside of the car... http://jijineko.blogspot.com/2008/12/chloe-car-fanatic.html

My mother would probably get a heart attack.

Daughter said...

That's so funny, my dog is named Chloe!!! She also leaves hair all over the place, but still less than a cat. I like the way your Chloe just chills on the hood of the car like it's no big thing.

JijiN3k0 said...

She's the queen... We are her subjects. We have to just know our place :P

Daughter said...

I feel like it's always that way with cats... You have to earn their respect. It's a type of mental warfare, like with men, where you go "I don't need you" and your cat goes "Well I don't need you" and whoever cracks first is the loser. Ahhh cats. I love how complicated they are.