The cat woke me two hours before the alarm. “The cat” implies there is only one.
But it could have been any one of about five regulars who disturb my sleep. “About five” implies that I have an undetermined number of cats.
I don’t. I have nine.
This is about six of nine.
Nine is one more than I had at this time last year. Isn’t it always “one more than last year” with me? But I have about five who disturb my sleep regularly.
This is the cat who woke me. He is a humble cat but still would not be surprised to hear himself described as “the cat” because he knows that he is the cat, the one who matters most, the favorite, the number one, the little baby, even though now he has to be called big little baby to distinguish him from little little baby.
This is little little baby, the actual little baby, the babiest of babies. Unexpected number nine, even though we were definitely all full up at six and definitely DEFINITELY all full up at eight. Still, once you reach six or eight, what’s one more?
Especially when they are so baby.
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