October 2018 was illustrated for the Around the World desk calendar
Elisabeth had made a bucket list when she was fifteen. She’d just watched I Love Lucy where Ricky Ricardo had preformed a particularly catchy cuban routine and she was inspired. Her parents had quipped about cuban cigars, and Elisabeth decided to add “visit Havana” on her bucket list.
Somehow, this childhood daydream had stuck, and here she was ten years later in a somewhat ridiculous sundress visiting Havana. But the puffy sleeves on her dress made her feel joyful, and they matched the buildings she was passing.
As she passed through the violet speckles of shade she spied two black kitty cats, spunkily watching her promenade down Old Havana. She felt an affinity with them, and decided to try and approach them. But as she did they playfully sprang away- leaping extra high into the air as they skipped, as if to say, “come play with us. We’re about to get into a little trouble!”
Of course, they didn’t actually say that and of course, she couldn't actually have gone had they actually said that anyway. She couldn’t wriggle through the fences and hop over and around the buildings like they could. Nor could she actually hear cat’s talk. Sometimes she would look sideways at her horse Billy, hoping he would start talking like Mister Ed. But he never did.
So she sighed deeply, longing for a human friend with such gumption to show her Havana like those cats were going to explore.
She scanned the crowd.
”Fiddlesticks.” she said aloud. How come it only happens in movies. The world was always smaller in movies. Quainter and cuter. But she did see Havana in this colorful, Hollywood- rose colored glasses kind of way. The streets were beautiful- the buildings- although old and disheveled held so many stories behind their pastel walls.
The kittens would know all of those stories and would show her all the fun. Somehow the travel agent at AAA hadn’t quite been able to give her details on the coolest spots to visit in Havana. She certainly gave her the safest and the best tourist spots.
”great,” she said to herself sarcastically, “the take away here is, find more people that are like kittens.” Internally laughing to herself she got up and walked on. Maybe her human-kitten-like friend was still waiting for her in this city. She’d adventure on, like a sly lonely-cat, until she stumbled onto another adventurer, and they could go get in to trouble together, like kittens.