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Cats,when your staff make mistakes, please forgive them

Cats forgive your staff when they make mistakes

Mrs. Hodges, my typist, just informed me that she fried the hard-drive on her computer. Her lap-top. She is typing this post now on the desk-top computer, as I dictate to her.

“Pooh, please forgive me. The lap-top had the first chapter of your memoir, and I didn’t back it up.”

“You didn’t back it up?”  [In my Business Management Course, the teacher suggested to rephrase the statement, to give yourself time to think.]

“No, I didn’t back my computer up. I am really sorry Pooh.”

And in the few seconds I took to think, I decided to forgive her. She is not a cat, and how could I expect her to have a superior mind like a feline, when she is only a human. A cat would have been prepared for disaster and purchased a back up plan, like Crashplan or Mozyhome. A cat would have made sure the book was backed up on Dropbox or on an external hard-drive.

Today I will dictate the first chapter of my memoir again. Mrs. Hodges likes to type for me.

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I forgave her. But,

Do you think Mrs. Hodges should still get her Christmas bonus?

Please tell me in the comments. I want to know what you think.



About Pooh Hodges

I have had a hard life. Born to a single mother in a back alley in Wisconsin. I never knew my father. My sister died young. I am writing my story. Look for it.

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  • Alison Alison

    Dear Pooh Pooh, you really have what it takes to be a good boss! Humble and a drive to succeed,with compassion. Your statement I see, read forgive, not, should I forgive?(excuse my lack of punctuation and all that other stuff).
    I think if you are going to use one paw to catch up, you may like to go to Mrs.Hodges website first and check out the short movie of herself ,trying to leave the ladies toilet(with one paw) You may not realize the lengths her duties stretch,to,to understand your difficulty on a daily basis. Only an excellent staff member would go to such lengths to research her Masters weaker areas to make life more comfortable for you. There is also too much emphasis on bonuses,it is quite clear she gets pure enjoyment just being with you and being dictated to.
    I always use paws to remove myself from public toilets, not even realizing I was in training. Mwah,from afar…

  • La McCoy

    Dear Pooh,
    The web page wont let mom sign up for your insider page. I do so hope I get to help.
    Mom Thinks Mrs Hodges should get her Christmas bonus. She says typist make mistakes sometimes. I am still thinking about it.
    Love you. Edelweiss

  • Amindele

    It is alright, Pooh.n Give her the bonus. Humans have an inferior k intellect to us cats, and are prone to mistakeS Maybe you3 could try your paw at typing? I typed this. I use one claw to tap the keys. But iT is not easy at all and I make mistakes, and I would prEfer to have my typist do it.

    • Amindele,

      You are one smart cat. Mrs. Hodges is doing all of my typing. Next time she takes a nap, I will try and type with one paw. You didn’t make many mistakes.
      And life should not be lived by tying to avoid mistakes.

      Today, I will try something new. I will risk failure. ( With a back-up plan on the computer, just in case!)
      Love Pooh

  • Trust me Pooh, it’s not worth it to hold onto bitterness. Let it go. I know you said you forgave her, yet still you brought it up for your viewing audience. Hmmm.

    Mercy would be granting her forgiveness, grace would be still giving her the bonus. Don’t judge everything by one mistake.

    • Amindele

      This is a very poetic way to put it!

    • My dearest Anne,
      Oh, you are so right. I was holding onto bitterness. I will let it go. Perhaps I shouldn’t have written about her transgression.
      I really hadn’t forgiven her. I said I did, but if I really had, I wouldn’t have wanted her to be publicly humiliated by her human weakness.

      Mrs Hodges will be given both mercy and grace.
      She will get her Christmas bonus.
      So wonderful to hear from you again, Anne.
      All the best,
      Love Pooh

  • Hi there, kitty cat. Pooh, you have to forgive her. It was her birthday a few days ago and I bet she shared her cake with you. It would be mean to be so unforgiving so soon, don’t you think. Besides, Pamela is a really amazing person as well as human. We humans tend to make mistakes. You know what I did. i left my external hard drive on the boat. Now i won’t be able to make back-ups for 6 months. See…now that is really a BIG mistake.
    Give Pamela a hug.

    • My dearest Patricia,
      I did forgive her. She always cleans the seven litter boxes every day and she pets me and scratched my back in the spot between my shoulder blades that I can not reach.
      Yes, humans do tend to make mistakes. Oh, dear, your external hard drive is on the boat! Perhaps you can back up your files on a cloud. I would hate for you to lose any of your writing.
      I gave Pamela a hug. Here is one back for you, — 0
      All the best,
      Love Pooh

  • Alison Alison

    Hi Pooh, I totally understand your frustration, but, am glad you chose to forgive.. To forgive really is the essence of life . I understand because I am not a whiz on this very cool contraption, and though I wish I had your intelligence ,I am plodding along. I keep sending messages to the same person for help. who may need to forgive me(very soon)..I will try to build up my network so I can bother a few people randomly, rather than one at a time..Thanks for your posts. You are a very cool cat and I admire your courage to move on from your humble beginnings ,to really, running your own business.(with staff) who,d have thought, hey……..

    • Dearest Alison Alison,
      Oh, I love your name. Maybe I could now be, Pooh Pooh. Thank you for taking the time to reply. Perhaps you need to ask someone else for help?
      May I assist you? I know many things. I know it is a good idea to have a lot of litter boxes if you have many cats. And it is better to eat from a plate than a small bowl if you are a cat.

      I wish you a wonderful day Alison Alison,
      Love Pooh Pooh

  • Tink Caron

    Dear Mr. Pooh, I know you might be a little mad at Miss Pamela for losing a very important thing, but she is the nicest lady in the whole wide world and you should give her all your money today and not wait for Christmas. Love, TInk

    • Dearest Tink,
      Perhaps you are a little biased because Miss Pamela took you for a walk and let you sleep on her bed.
      She is a nice lady, yes, that is true. I will give her all I have. I have no money, but I will sit on her lap and let her pet me.

      All the best Tinkerbell,
      Love Pooh

  • Julie-Anne Mauno

    Definitely give Mrs. Hodges a Christmas bonus!! Maybe she can buy a new laptop with it! 😉

    • Dearest Julie-Anne Mauno,

      Thank you for your wise council. I would buy her a new lap-top now if I could, however there are few buyers now for dead mice.
      Perhaps after my book is sold on Amazon she can have a new one?
      All the best,
      Love Pooh