Once again, I’ve been pondering a holiday post, but I didn’t really want to refer to that overriding Subject I usually write about. So, I just started thinking about all the people and things and activities that have helped me get through the past three years. And without a doubt, two of the most reliable, undemanding, consistently entertaining sources of love, friendship and fun in my life are my cats.
Ironically enough, they each came to me from friends who had health concerns that were worse than mine, that made it impossible to keep them anymore. Each of them asked me specifically if I would give her cat a new home. Fiona, a female muted tortoiseshell, came first. Teddy, a gray and white Manx, which means he was born without a tail, came a little later. They’re about the same age in cat years, and from the beginning, developed a love/hate relationship with each other. Sometimes they hiss and yowl at one another, sometimes they play tag or nap together. Typical siblings.
Otherwise, they really don’t ask for much. Well, maybe tuna once in a while. They don’t care if I’m tired or cranky or haven’t brushed my teeth or changed my socks. Indeed, they like smelly socks. They like anything and everything I touch, in fact, and when I come home from work, I often find them curled up with something I’ve worn – mittens, pajamas, whatever — sort of the way you might hug your sweetie’s teeshirt the morning after a long, romantic night. They’re unfailingly happy to see me whenever I’ve been gone for any length of time, be it five days or five minutes. They love to cuddle. They like to talk to me, and they’re good listeners. They’re affectionate and they have lovely soft coats and they purr. What more can a person ask for in a roommate?
They’re also irrefutably and unapologetically themselves at all times. And they’re not afraid to be silly. And they love naps. I like to think we have a lot in common.
There is virtually no place, no time, and no position that is not good for a nap.
Cat and Mouse
There is nothing you can do with a computer that is not improved — or even surpassed — by the presence of a cat or two.
Whatever you’re doing, occasionally it’s important to stake out your own territory.
Position is everything.
No matter what you’re doing, it’s important to look adorable.
There’s nothing like a good book.
Don’t forget to show your human that you love her.
Teddy, Fiona and I hope you all have a peaceful, joyous holiday.
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