1. I'm not known as a fan of musical theater or dance or even TS Eliot.
    Btw the musical Cats was created when Andrew Lloyd Webber set a collection of TS Eliot poems to music. Yes, TS Eliot the who wrote The Waste Land.
  2. But while hanging out and watching YouTube videos with @goobs and @ohlauren I realized I know Cats better than the general public.
  3. In the 5th grade, I had an amazing teacher called Mr. Williams. He introduced the class to Harry Potter, taught us history by pretending to be pirates, and we ended everyday by singing a couple of songs.
  4. So to help us learn to analyze texts, he printed booklets of all the lyrics to Cats and we watched the VHS and listened to the soundtrack.
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  5. At the time, I lived in the East County of San Diego where people are pretty much the opposite of your stereotypical California hippie.
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  6. As far as I know , though, no parents had any problems with Mr. Williams spending significant class time on musical theater.
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  7. Also, I don't think I'm the only 10 year old girl who got funny feelings from the swaggering gyrating performance of the Rum Tum Tugger.
    Jesus, his name alone sounds like a sex act.
  8. He was like a rock star. But also in furry tights.
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  9. So thank you Mr. Williams. I have not forgotten. I will hold those dancing cats close to my bosom for all time.
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