Joy: Hi there, humans. It’s okay. You’re not bothering us. We’re awake, just lounging here.
Wanna know something? A secret? Then come a little closer.
Yeah, that’s better. You ready for the secret? Lean in nice and close so I can whisper it.
People can’t tell us apart.
I know. Crazy. Sisters are supposed to look alike, right? Sometimes humans can be so dense.
Gracie: Joy, I love humans. ‘Specially Mom. What’s dense mean? Cuz I don’t think it’s a nice word.
Joy: It’s okay, Sweetie. They know what I mean.
Joy: Humans, take a good look at us here. It’s obvious who’s who, right?
Joy: No? Really? Okay, then here are some hints to help you.
√ Here’s an easy one. Gracie’s body is a little shorter than mine, and so are her legs.
Gracie: Joy, I’m shooortt? Oh, no. I’m not a runt, am I? Everyone says I’m cute as can be.
Joy: Honey, you are cute as can be. You started out as a runt, but you haven’t been one for a long time. We both weigh the same now, right? And everyone says you are a-dor-able. Whatever that is.
Gracie: But you can jump on the kitchen counters, and I can’t. I’ve tried so hard, but I can’t.
Joy: You will someday, Sweetheart. For now, if I see something good up there, I’ll knock it off so you can have some too. Promise. Besides, I get in trouble with the humans when I go on the counters… or on top of the cabinets. But they think you’re a good kitty because you stay down.
√ Joy: Here’s another way to tell us apart. Gracie has some white hairs on the top of her neck, kind of like a lacy collar. There are few white hairs in the same place on me, but not as many. Got it?
Yeah, I know, that only works if you can see us at the same time. But don’t worry. We are together a lot. We do EVERYTHING together.
Gracie: Joy, I’m going to the litter box. You wanna come with me? No? Then let’s go eat. Or play. Or take a nap.
Joy: In a minute, Honey. I’m almost done here.
√ Joy: Here’s a really good way to tell us apart. Gracie has a little white spot on her upper chest. I don’t.
Gracie: Joy, is that why humans like to lift our heads up and stare at our chests? I guess it’s okay if they are gentle, but it seems kinda weird.
Joy: To be honest, I get tired of them doing that all the time. But I guess it’s better than getting called the wrong name.
Gracie: Joy, don’t you think Gracie is a good name? Really? I like it.
Joy: Of course, Honey, it’s a very good name. I like it too. It’s just not my name. Besides, you have two names, Grace and Gracie. And I only have one.
Gracie: I’m sorry, Joy. Would you like another name too? I could call you Joy-ie.
Joy: Um, no thanks. I think I’ll just keep my one name.
√ Joy: Humans, here is my last tip for telling us apart. Mom says that Gracie has a rounder face than I do. To tell you the truth, I don’t see it. But Mom is really smart so I’m sure she’s right.
Gracie: Joy, I don’t see it either. We both have fluffy fur so our faces are fluffy, so how can you tell whose fluffy face is rounder? We are fluffy all over. I think it’s fun being fluffy, don’t you, Joy? I love saying fluffy. Fluffy. Fluffy. Fluffy. The humans say we are beau-ti-ful. Do you think we are?
Joy: Oh, gosh, yes, Honey. We are gor-geous. Mom says we are beau-ti-ful inside and out.
Gracie: Mom has seen our insides? Really? When? Oh, I know. When we went to the doctor and he shaved our bellies and made a little cut. Did he take a picture of our insides?
Joy: Um, no, I don’t think so. I think what Mom means is that she loves us very much.
Gracie: Oh. Well, ‘course she does. Just like we love her, right?
Joy: Right. [yawn] I’m tired from all this talking. Wanna take a nap?
Gracie: Sure do, Joy-ie!