With new CB students filling up the main parking lot, I decided to try the old teacher parking recently opened to the student body. In my first few days of adjusting to this new setting, I found myself desperately trying to answer arising questions such as, “why is there cat food poured out on this […]
With new CB students filling up the main parking lot, I decided to try the old teacher parking recently opened to the student body. In my first few days of adjusting to this new setting, I found myself desperately trying to answer arising questions such as, “why is there cat food poured out on this lamppost?” and “why is there a paw print on the hood of my car?” Clearly all signs pointed to a stray cat on the Christian Brothers campus, but I wanted to delve deeper into the mystery of the campus cat.
The clear first step was to find the culprit. It amazed me that after two years of being at this school I had never before heard about this Falcon feline. On early mornings I would find the cat waiting as Grace Murphy (’20) came with a bowl of cat food and placed it atop one of the lampposts by the 500’s wing.
“She’s been fed for about four years, and I’ve probably been feeding her since the beginning of the year,” the senior says. “I’ve seen her before a couple of times since she’s here every week and weekend.”
For a cat so friendly, I wondered what the possibilities were that she was a stray.
“I’ve seen her jump over the fence a couple of times so maybe she does have a place, but for food and everything, she likes to come here,” Grace reports. Ginger, as Grace calls her, clearly loves the attention that her presence has earned her. Every day like clockwork, the mornings are filled with happy meowing and the delivering of food from staff members and students.
Grace is not alone in her dedication to Ginger. Science teacher Mrs. Doreen Virk has also been aware of the cat and considers her a friend. I learned that Ginger is loved by many who have ambitiously attempted to give her a home and the help she needs.
“There are several of us who have tried to pick her up to take her home, but she will not have it,” Mrs. Virk says. “Last year she used to be a little unfriendly but has warmed up to the students this year.”
Ginger greets Mrs. Virk every morning and “comes up and meows like she’s talking” which the science teacher takes as friendly conversation. It is clear that Ginger brings a joyful energy with her onto CB’s campus and has touched the hearts of many in her time here.
I myself look forward to seeing Ginger nesting among the trees or resting on top of cars, trying to find warmth. Hearing her signature, raspy meow always tugs at my heart, especially on rainy days. Even in poor weather, Ginger still arrives on campus with more punctuality than most CB students. I can always count on Ginger waiting for a bowl of Fancy Feast cat food and sharing her feisty, loving personality with those on campus.