On the bus to the prayer house, I notice billboard after billboard proclaiming, "Clever Cats are in Control."
Indeed. The Maltese cats, at least in Valletta, seem to have conquered their unsuspecting citizens:
Refugee Center Cats
The Cat Cafe
Even Art has its place in the Cat Cafe: The Matisse Salmon and Tuna Show
Outfitted with food, drink, houses, blankets, toys and art, the Maltese cats have indeed played their cards right. Whenever I come across a 'street cat,' they show little of the the usual feral, fearful behavior, but coming running, expectant, looking for a handout! They have captured the hearts of the Maltese, or at least enough of them, to know they may receive a treat.
I arrive at the prayer house expectant...may I 'conquer' the King. May I capture his heart. May I be as spoiled as these clever cats. Surely the Father of heaven has more than a makeshift house, a few kibbles and bits, and a windowsill. I have nothing to fear.