It began in the morning with the boys slacking off in an after-breakfast nap so the senior torties had to take over the greeting detail at the door when a customer came in. Kelly waits her turn as befits a less-senior tortie, but it’s a big step for a kitty who used to vaporize when a human other than me approached (even me sometimes if I was moving too fast).
Every human has to be approved before they can approach Mama Bernadette. This guy has been dropping off work for about ten years so he was okay.
Then Big Brother showed up and while Mama Bernadette finished up with a conference call. Jelly Bean made the most of his visit. Uncle Mark has big hands and they can cover a lot of a kitty at one time, and he knows just how to scratch a kitty’s back too.
A little later in Mark’s visit he sat down again and Giuseppe, a little less brash than Jelly Bean in his approach, tried to make it look as if he was desperate for some pets as well. My brother is one whose hand lifts and pets the cat without his even realizing, and though he’s 6’4″ with a heavy step and a deep voice, my cats have always trusted him immediately.
Then it was naptime all over again, Giuseppe settling down first, and Mr. Sunshine on top of him, necessitating Mom’s mid-afternoon break since she couldn’t work with the boys all over her papers (she moved them, but they came right back).
After their turn came Jelly Bean who is a little smaller and useful for holding papers.
And finally, Cookie, exhausted, settled where she’d make the most impact.
How much work do you suppose I got done today?
(About as much as I ever get done…a very sweet little memory of my household on a typical day in 2011.)
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