This is pretty much what it looked like around here for a good part of today with my neighbors who were taking “the bombs bursting in air” seriously in their Independence Day celebrations.
Mimi came to me terrified of thunder and loud noises after living pretty much on the streets or with a bunch of noisy people, and her children are variously frightened by loud noises or find them uncomfortable as most cats do. Only Bean didn’t hide and couldn’t figure out what everyone’s problem was, and Mr. Sunshine was concerned about Mewsette, spending time with her in the basement.
I was very proud of Mimi, actually, who used to just vaporize at any loud noise but who, as the pace of the firecrackers around the neighborhood quickened, simply stayed near me, though I could tell she was very tense. As evening came and communities around began testing and shooting off their fireworks, and yet another neighbor joined in with firecrackers causing their poor dog to bark madly, she gave in and hid in the basement. All are fine now, near midnight, but I could hardly focus myself for the noise, and for trying to calm them.
Of course, Lakota and Jojo were unconcerned, being rather deaf. I always joked with my senior cats that life was better when you had lost your senses!
This sketch isn’t from today, it’s from “Kittens in the Night, Part 2: Getting to Know You”, but I was about to sketch something similar I found myself walking around with my sketchbook and pen, not getting anything done!
I hope everyone had a safe and happy Independence Day, or just a nice pleasant week day!
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