Baby Boomers grew up on a weekly television show called The Wonderful World of Disney, and later Walt Disney’s Wonderful world of color. Each Sunday night at 7:00 p.m,. my great grandmother and I like many families around the nation would sit in front of the black and white television waiting to enjoy the programming genius of Walt Disney.
One of my favorite shows was The 3 lives of Thomasina, which was about a beautiful orange tabby cat. The program was shown in 3 parts in 1964, and I watched it later in reruns. Thomasina was went through great trials, and was thought to be dead, only to come back to life, not once but three times. This movie had a profound affect on my family.
On two separate occasions, when I was a teen, my mama cat gave birth to bright oange tabby kittens with blue eyes. I named the first Thomasina, and the second one Thomasina 2. My baby brother made up a song for my tabby kitties. He had a bucket, that he often beat on as if it were a drum. He would sing “Thomasina” then beat the bucket twice,and repeat.
He would end his song by singing “Thomasina” 3 times and end with 2 beats on the bucket. Some days during the summer, 3 or 4 time a day, we would hear Thomasina, (beat beat), Thomasina,(beat beat), Thomasina, Thomasina, Thomasina,(beat beat).
I did my best not to show partiality, but Thomasina 2 was my favorite. Alas, she did not live to see adulthood. One Saturday, after returning home from the church picnic, my great grandmother informed me that Thomasina 2,who was about 6 months old had been laying in the back yard for a while.
I ran outside to find my favorite kitten gasping for breath. My tabby was dying in front of me and there was nothing I could do. Her siblings stood round looking at me with sad eyes, and I cried like a baby. I patted Thomasina on the side, and told her I loved her.
After helplessly watching for about 10 minutes my kitty stopped breathing. Her body quickly became stiff and flies began to swarm. I lifted her with a shovel, and dug a hole in a far end of our property an buried my beloved little kitten.
2014 marks 50 years since The 3 lives of Thomasina premiered on Walt Disney’s show and 40 years since my own beloved tabby died.The Disney movie is now available in youtube clips, on DVD, probably will be on blue ray, causing The 3 lives of Thomasina to live till the end of time.
Baby boomers who grew up in the era of G rated television and movies will enjoy this blast from the past. Children reared in today’s cutlure will probably consider this movie boring. My memories of my own sweet tabby, will live on in this story, and with me until I leave this earth, or Christ returns, whichever comes first.