Not thinking much about the previous night's toad sighting, I went onto the porch the following night and began talking to the cats. As I was vocalizing the usual banter, out from nowhere appeared the toad and I once again gave him a few pieces of cat food. The toad soon became a part of our nightly ritual .. I talk - he appears. The cats didn't seem to mind .. in fact, they did (and still do) look at him with a curious stare as he stoically sits and eats ... one piece of food every two minutes or so.
As I watched the toad over some weeks I began to see a personality which I likened to be wise and fearless. He didn't move when approached and was quick to exert his dominance when lesser toads came around. He had become a part of our late night family affair and I felt it only fitting he be given a name. The name "FRED" jumped out of nowhere, as had Fred himself.
And so it is, on my porch at midnight .. conversation with Baby, Vicious Bitch, and Fred. My captive audience ... willing to endure the ramblings of their human friend for a few morsels of food and, hopefully, because they enjoy my presence as much as I enjoy theirs.
I can only wonder what a midnight walker might think of our convoluted quartet .. a grown man talking to Baby, Vicious Bitch, and FRED ... my midnight buddy. I can almost hear the walker telling someone at home about the guy over on Pu'u Road who talks to his two cats and a toad. Yeah, I'm smiling.
Wishing each of you good friends & happiness at midnight ...
from Kauai to Paris ... and all places between