Practising Planking

Another Day, Another Fad: Part 4

“Oh my goodness, Rinpoche, your body is as stiff as a board! Are you all right? Speak to me!”

“I’m fine, Daddi.”

“You gave me such a fright! I thought you’d had a fit or, worse still, that you were…“

“I was planking, Daddi.”


“Yes, we cats love the planking game. It’s such fun! You have to lie face down with your front legs to the side and the palms of your paws touching the side of your body. I look like a plank, don’t I, Daddi?”

“Yes, but what’s the point of this planking?”

“It’s a challenge, Daddi. I’m still a beginner, so I’m practising planking on the ground. When I get better at it, I’ll find a really unusual place for planking. I’m thinking of the roof to start with…”


“What are you doing on that narrow ledge, Rinpoche? Are you crazy?”

“I’m planking, Daddi. I’ve graduated from the floor to a higher level.”

“Rinpoche, it’s far too dangerous up there! You’re going to fall off and hurt yourself.”

“Don’t worry, Daddi. So far, I’ve only used up five of my nine cat lives. I still have four to go.”


“You’re limping, Rinpoche! What happened to your leg?”

“I fell off the wall while I was planking, Daddi.”

“You’re bleeding! We’d better get you to the vet immediately!”

“Yes, that’s a good idea, Daddi. I want to see the whitecoati vet doctor.”

“You usually hate going to visit Dr. Scalpel, Rinpoche. Why are you suddenly so keen to see him?”

“Daddi, that table on which he examines me will be a perfect place for planking!”

– to be continued –

(Read Part 3 here)

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