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The Mayor and the Indian Giver.

Updated: Apr 12

We came across some interesting facts that are pretty thought-provoking—nothing to do with fragrances and soaps.

How to see the meaning beyond a word: In the history of things, terms that come to be used often have stories that aren't politically correct. For example, the term Indian giver is a pejorative American expression used to describe a person who gives a "gift" and later wants it back or expects something of equivalent worth in return for the item. It is based on cultural misunderstandings (from whose point of view is it a misunderstanding?) that took place between the early European colonizers and the indigenous ( people whose home it was), with whom they traded.

Interestingly, the Europeans viewed an exchange of items as gifts (please laugh out loud here) and believed that they owed nothing in return to the indigenous (people whose home it was). The homies saw the exchange as a form of trade or equal exchange, and so they had differing expectations of their guests. ( they were never invited in the first place, so wondering why the use of the words guests and gifts here). - from Wikipedia.

Much is left to be understood here in how language shapes our thoughts. If you are one to learn the history of colonization, using words like guests and gifts is highly inappropriate and disrespectful. The term Indian giver is in itself a manipulation of history. Here is a song that makes me cry by Alexandro Querevalú, which we constantly sprinkle on our soaps and perfume oils while we make them.

How to be inclusive in our political system: We look around, and there is war and unrest everywhere. In all that is to become of us as a race, we stumbled upon this beautiful true story.

In 1997, an orange cat named Stubbs became honorary mayor of the Alaskan town of Talkeetna. With a population of 772 in 2000, it would not have taken too many votes to earn the position (and the small town did not have a real, human mayor anyway), but Stubbs proved adept at the role, gaining fans from around the world and "serving" in the position for years, greeting tourists and becoming a beloved symbol of the town until he died in 2017. For all those who nominated and elected Stubbs as the mayor, you are our hope for the future.

Our cats at Ohayo do exactly the same as Mayor Stubbs. They sit in on meetings and say absolutely nothing. But when we watch parliamentary proceedings around the world, we believe a lot is said in our cats' silence.

Here is a video of a cat named Velvet. We think he is good mayor material.

He walked into our premises and took over with much grace and elegance, as one would expect from a Persian. "Backstory could be that he was used for breeding and abandoned by the breeder."

says the vet.

If you see a cat as you go about your day, think of how it can rule the world one day and remember that it all began with Mayor Stubbs.

Now think of how all our history textbooks will be written after the cats take over.

What do you think we will be studying?

On that thought, meow to you and have a good day.

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