STORY OF SUNNY, THE GOLDEN CAT
once saw a bumper sticker that said: “The meek shall inherit the
earth. The rest of us will have gone to the stars…”, and a story I
had heard as a child came to my mind. This is the story of The Golden
Cat from the land of Tigray, Ethiopia.
kitten with the most beautiful golden fur was born to Mama Cat. Mama
Cat slept most of the time. Sometimes, she just closed her eyes and
let her kittens suckle, or play with her tail and jump all around her.
golden furred kitten was his mother’s favorite.
Mama Cat always licked and brushed her baby’s beautiful
golden fur. She named him Sunny.
grew up to be the most beautiful golden cat ever.
He was the pride of Mama Cat.
Sunny would lick his paws and wash his face. He would brush his
golden fur until it became nice and shiny, and he would go for a
stroll in the neighborhood streets.
he walked, all the young female kittens would giggle, whistle, and
some would even wink their eyes at him, trying to get his attention.
And all the young tomcats would get very jealous of Sunny.
But Sunny would pretend he did not hear any whistles or see any
winks and would just keep walking his proud way.
He would softly hum a tune as he run errands for Mama Cat, and
ignore all the pretty young kittens in the area.
was out that Kitty, the most beautiful black haired and black- eyed
cat living in the same street was madly in love with Sunny.
She had refused to eat her food.
She was sulking and pinning after her idol, Sunny.
Her mom had scolded her; her older sister, Tina, had teased and
laughed at her, but Kitty was head-over-heels in love and she could
not help it. And worst of
all, Sunny totally ignored her and did not pay any attention to Kitty,
or to any of the neighborhood beauties for that matter.
day after dinner, while they were all resting, sitting and watching
TV, one of Sunny’s sisters mentioned Kitty’s name. All of a
sudden, every thing became very quiet. You could hear a pin drop even
on a carpet. Mama Cat broke the silence by turning to Sunny and
casually asking him, “Kitty is a nice girl. Don’t you think so?
blinked his eyes, but did not answer. And Mama Cat went on, “Kitty
would make you a good wife, my son.”
don’t want any Kitty for a wife.” Sunny shouted and stormed out of
the living room into his bedroom and locked himself up.
morning at breakfast Sunny announced, “I am leaving town very soon.
I’ll go and find me a wife worthy of my looks and my beautiful
golden fur.” No body said anything.
few days later Sunny packed up his lunch box and rose to start his
journey. He told his mom, “The only one that looks close to me on
account of my golden fur, is the Sun. I am going to visit the Sun and
ask him for his daughter’s hand in marriage.”
Sunny said goodbye to his family and took a long, long journey to the
sun, and walked right into the sun set. All the time he walked he was
humming to himself and thinking… ‘I’ll marry me the Sun’s
a long, long walk, Sunny arrived at the gates of the Sun Castle. He
was tired and sweating and decided to take a deep breath and rest a
minute before asking to be admitted into castle. After some rest,
Sunny raised his voice and shouted, “Hello. Is anybody there?”
“Who is there?” asked the Sun in a very deep voice. “Who dares disturb my peace shouting like that? Is it my enemy, the Cloud?”
Sunny hesitated. “No sir, this is Sunny, the most handsome golden
cat. I have come to ask for your noble daughter’s hand in marriage.
Look at me, I was born with this golden and beautiful fur, and I think
your daughter would be the one most suited to by my wife. Besides, my
name is Sunny. ‘That should make a good impression on the Sun.’ He
the Sun smiled. “That is a nice idea. But unfortunately I have a
bitter enemy who would not allow it. The Cloud is the one you have to
talk to. Go and settle it with him.”
“But, but…” Sunny started to stammer. “But I thought
you were the strongest of all.”
The strongest of all… Nooops!” said the Sun. “The Cloud is far
stronger than I am. Mr. Cloud can completely cover me up, and
sometimes, I can’t even breathe. And I would even totally disappear.
I certainly am not the strongest. Cloud is stronger.”
thanked him and set out to find Mr. Cloud. He climbed high up into the
mountain looking for the Cloud. When
he came to the top, he found Mr. Cloud covering the whole summit.
Sunny did not have to shout or raise his voice. He was already
totally in the presence of the Cloud.
“Excuse me, sir.”
“Who is it?” the Cloud asked.
“This is Sunny.”
“Who are you? And what do you want?”
“Can you help me please?” Sunny was afraid. ‘The Cloud is
even stronger than the Sun…’ he thought to himself.
“I said, what do you want?” the Cloud growled in a deep
see Sir, I am the most handsome cat and I wanted to marry the daughter
of the Sun, but I learned that you, Sir, are the strongest of all. You
could even cover up the Sun. And so, I have come to ask your,
well! Let me see. “The Cloud scratched his head. “Yes I am
stronger than the Sun. It is true. But … but…” And here the
Cloud’s voice fell to a whisper. “But I am not the strongest of
all. You see, the Wind is far stronger than I am. Wherever the Wind
takes me…” there followed a long silence. “I go. I exist only to
obey his commands.” The Cloud was silent for some time and then
added. “Why don’t you go and ask the permission of the Wind?
Sorry, I can’t help. Perhaps he might even give you his daughter.”
was very disappointed. But he thanked the Cloud and went in search of
the Wind. He climbed a tall tree and waited till the wind began to
blow. The Wind blew so hard the branches began to sway and the leaves
made a rustling noise. Sunny wanted to speak to the wind but was
afraid he might not be heard. The Wind had his cheeks full of air and
was blowing so hard, and raised dust, dried leaves, and pieces of
paper up in the air.
gathered his courage and said, “Excuse me, sir.” But the Wind did
not answer and so Sunny repeated louder, “Excuse me, Mr. Wind.”
And right at that moment the Wind stopped. All became still, and very
“Who is that calling my name? What do you want?” the Wind
“This is Sunny Sir, and I would like you to help me.”
“Speak. What can I do for you?” said the Wind.
see sir, I am the most handsome cat with golden fur, and I wanted to
marry the Sun’s daughter. But the Sun is not as strong as I thought
he was. He has an enemy, you know? He told me it was the Cloud.”
“I know all about those two old enemies.” The Wind sighed.
the branches swayed, and the leaves began to rustle again.
sir, I also learned that you, the Wind, are stronger than both of
them. Perhaps I can marry you daughter, eh?” said Sunny.
now. Hmm, hmmm…” Thought the Wind, and dropping his voice to a
whisper added, “Yes I am stronger than those two, but I also have an
enemy much stronger than myself.”
have an enemy, Sir? One that is stronger than you?”
Sunny could not believe his own ears. “Who could be stronger,
sir? “ He asked.
I have an enemy, a very strong enemy. You better go and ask his him
for his daughter’s hand. I am sure he will be glad to give you one
of his daughters. He has quite a few.”
“And who is this strong enemy, sir? Sunny asked again.
is Mr. Hill. You see. I have been blowing the trees and the leaves,
but any small Hill is enough to stop me and obstruct my path. I have
to go around it, over it, or I am blocked and have to give in and
stop. You better go and ask the Hill for one of his daughters.” The
was very disappointed as he left the Wind and came down from the tree.
He started walking back toward those same Hills he had passed
on his way to see the Sun. And that was a very long time ago.
was weary and tired with this long journey. He never thought it was
going to be this difficult to find a wife. He had imagined the Sun was
going to welcome him with open arms, and immediately marry him to his
beautiful daughter. It did not quite turn out that way. But Sunny was
still determined, and this did not discourage him in the least. He was
still huming to an old tune as he walked towards the Hill.
he arrived at the foot of the Hill he called: “Hello there!”
“Hello there!” Echoed the Hill back at him.
am Sunny, the most handsome cat. I’ve come to ask for you
daughter’s hand in marriage…” And Sunny continued. “Sir, I
have heard that you are very powerful. I used to think that the Sun
was the most powerful, but now I know you are even more powerful than
the Sun, the Cloud, the Wind, and everybody else.”
“So you want my daughter’s hand in marriage. Hmm… hmmm…
well, well now.” The Hill winked his eye at Sunny.
felt very confident. He thought that the Hill was going to give him
his daughter right away. “Yes Sir.” He replied.
may be more powerful than the Sun, the Cloud, and the Wind, but I am
not the most powerful. In fact, I have suffered many defeats and have
sustained many wounds in everyday battles fighting my enemies. I am
sore and wounded all over. See these holes in my chest. See my sides.
See the holes in my flanks. I am torn and riddled in every spot.”
And the Hill showed Sunny all the wounds he had suffered. Everywhere
Sunny looked was a deep hole. He could not even believe his own eyes.
“What happened to you Sir?” Sunny asked, rather taken
have enemies too. The Mice, the Rats, the Moles, they are all my
enemies. I am powerless against the King and Queen Mouse. I’ll tell
you this, why don’t you go to the Queen Mouse and ask her for her
daughter’s hand in marriage? She is far stronger than I am.”
Finally, Sunny decided to see the Queen Mouse right away. So he thanked the Hill and started walking down hill and looking down the holes nearby. Sunny put his face at a mouse hole and began calling for the Queen Mouse. And immediately the great Queen Mouse herself came out and asked him what he wanted.
Majesty!” Sunny began. “Your Majesty, I used to think that you
mice were weak and rather powerless, but now I’ve learned that you
are the most powerful. You are even stronger than the mighty Hill, who
is stronger than the Wind, who is stronger than the Cloud, and who is
stronger than the Sun. And I have come to ask you for the hand of Your
Majesty’s daughter in marriage”.
very interesting.” replied the Queen Mouse. “And who, may I ask do
you claim to be, asking for my daughter’s hand?”
“I am Sunny, the most handsome cat with a golden, blond
well, well… this, indeed, is a very strange request.” The Queen
Mouse looked at him suspiciously. “We, mice might be strong but we
also have a very strong and bitter enemy. And I am sure you know who
this enemy is.”
“No,” said Sunny. “No, Your Majesty! Who could be
stronger than you?” Sunny asked.
The Queen Mouse did not believe Sunny was ignorant of the bitter enemy of the mice. She thought this was some kind of a trick. But as she carefully watched Sunny’s yellow slit eyes, there was no flash of malice in them. She thought, ‘Despite his handsome features and his beautiful golden fur, he must be plain stupid. Pity, the strong it appears, are always stupid…’ She thought to herself.
“You don’t know who our bitter enemy is?” She asked
“No. Who is it your Majesty?”
cats, of course, you stupid! Why don’t you go to your own kind and
find yourself a cat for a wife? I have not time for fools…” She
shouted at Sunny and ran down into her dark hole.
was left looking and staring down into the darkness for a long time,
until the darkness of the abyss looked back at him and brought him to
himself. ‘I am a fool. I must be a real fool.’ He thought. ‘I
must go back to my own kind and find me a cat for a wife…’
turned and started for home. It
has been a long and very tiring journey, but at last he had learned
something. Cats were the strongest of all.
He will go back home and marry Kitty, the black beauty next
he reached home that evening all the family were very happy to see
him. After dinner Sunny asked Mama Cat, “Mom, how is Kitty? Is she
still living in our street?”
Cat was very happy that Sunny asked about Kitty. It must mean that he
had left his stupid notions of marrying the Sun’s daughter.
But Mama Cat was sad because Kitty, the neighborhood beauty,
had given up waiting for Sunny, and had been married to one of the tom
cats in the neighborhood, and had moved away recently.
Kitty has been married and moved away.”
“What about Kate?” Sunny asked again.
“Kate was engaged two weeks ago.”
about Molly?” Sunny asked about every beautiful girl in his block.
But, it appeared, all of them had either married or gone away, or were
engaged to someone.
don’t worry Sunny.” said Mama Cat. “Just give a couple of weeks,
and I will find you a nice young beauty for your wife, just as
beautiful as kitty. May be even more beautiful…”