This originally came to me via e-mail a couple of years ago. I have no idea whence it originated. I imagine it has been around the 'net a time or two, but it's always good for a chuckle. And if you are companion to a feline, you know all about it.My feline boss is twenty-plus non-fat pounds of Maine Coon. She's got eleven years of experience at "helping." She can levitate and teleport. And she knows all the tricks. This had to have been written with her in mind...
How to Wrap a Present
1. Clear large space on table for wrapping presents.
2. Go to closet, collect bag in which present is contained, and shut door.
3 Open door and remove cat from closet.
4. Go to cupboard and retrieve rolls of wrapping paper.
5. Go back and remove cat from cupboard.
6. Go to drawer, collect transparent sticky tape, ribbons, scissors, labels, etc.
7. Lay out presents and wrapping materials on table to enable wrapping strategy to be formed.
8. Go back to drawer to get string, remove cat that has been in the drawer since your last visit, and collect the string.
9. Remove present from bag.
10. Remove cat from bag.
11. Open box to check present, remove cat from box, replace present.
12. Lay out paper to enable cutting to size.
13. Try to smooth out paper, realize cat is underneath, and remove cat.
14. Cut the paper to size, keeping the cutting line straight.
15. Throw away first sheet, as cat has chased the scissors and torn the paper.
16. Cut second sheet of paper to size by putting cat in the bag the present came in.
17. Place present on paper.
18. Lift up edges of paper to seal in present. Wonder why edges don't reach. Realize cat is between present and paper. Remove cat.
19. Place object on paper to hold in place while tearing transparent sticky tape.
20. Spend 20 minutes carefully trying to remove transparent sticky tape from cat with pair of nail scissors.
21. Seal paper with sticky tape, making corners as neat as possible.
22. Look for roll of ribbon. Chase cat down hall in order to retrieve ribbon.
23. Try to wrap present with ribbon in a two-directional turn.
24. Re-roll ribbon and remove paper, which is now torn due to cat's enthusiastic ribbon chase.
25. Repeat steps 13 - 20 until you reach last sheet of paper.
26. Decide to skip steps 13 - 17 in order to save time and reduce risk of losing last sheet of paper.
27. Put present in box and tie down with string.
28. Remove string, open box, remove cat.
29. Put all packing materials in bag with present and head for lockable room.
30. Once inside lockable room, lock door and start to re-lay out paper and materials.
31. Remove cat from box, unlock door, put cat outside, close and relock door.
32. Repeat previous step as often as necessary (until you can hear the cat from the other side of the door)
33. Lay out last sheet of paper. This will be difficult in the small area of the toilet, but do your best.
34. Discover cat has already torn paper. Unlock door, go out and hunt through various cupboards, looking for sheet of last year's paper. Remember that you haven't got any left because the cat helped with this last year, as well.
35. Return to lockable room, lock door, and sit on toilet and try to make torn sheet of paper look presentable.
36. Seal box, wrap with paer, and repair by very carefully sealing with sticky tape. Tie up with ribbon and decorate with bows to hide the worst areas.
37. Label. Sit back and admire your handiwork. Congratulate yourself for completing a difficult job.
38. Unlock door, go to kitchen to make drink and feed cat.
39. Spend 15 minutes looking for cat before coming to obvious conclusion.
40. Unwrap present, untie box, and remove cat.
41. Go to store and buy gift bag.