"After scolding one's cat one looks into its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood every word. And has filed it for reference."~ Charlotte Gray
The boys are missing me. I arrive home & the heads pop up like Nessie's, their small bodies quivering with anticipation; Will she notice me? Will she come & say hello & chuck me under the chin? Will there be biscuits in my bowl & will she check to see we have water?
Then the purring begins: deep, volcanic rumblings that shake the chairs & shiver the timbers. Marlow flips onto his back, spreading himself like a squirmy hairy rug & when I move he comes too, dogging my footsteps, more canine than cat, happiness oozing from every pore.
Kiby is not so outwardly needy. He is often outside & outside he stays, his head raised in anticipation, his ears pricked, but having received his Hello, Puss, he calmly resumes his catty business~ but do not be fooled! Marlow is a little dense. He is as easy to read as a child's primer ~ & as straightforward. Kirby is smart. And complicated. Kirby takes nothing for granted so it is Kirby I often have to look for at night, never far away but not in plain view because, You have been gone all day! his accusing stare says. Do you still love me? Will you come & find me? Will you cuddle me to bed as usual? It is Kirby who needs more reassurance because he has spent all day thinking dire thoughts. I have to love on him hard as he crawls all over me, desperate to claim me as his own personal property. Dearest swears he has become a cat psychiatrist from years of observing psychotic cat behaviour.
God was very wise when He gave us animals. They teach us about unconditional love. They give us an insight into the wildness tamed. We love the tiger better for knowing a cat. No matter how difficult my day has been there is something very soothing about coming home to be cuddled by a cat. There are a lot of things that need to be done but in the light of eternity very little else matters besides the giving & receiving of love. My cats make sure I don't forget it!