Lucy was a lone kitten in a house full of teenagers, but she made the best of it. The girls, Cookie, Kelly and Peaches, gave her daily guidance on how to bathe, what were the best napping places and how to use toys, but they left playtime for Namir. Namir accepted the role of teasing and chasing and comforting big brother easily, and Lucy adored him. She followed him around, imitated him, and got him to play silly games, like hide and seek, as you see above. Still photos don’t always convey what the subjects were like in moments when they weren’t standing still, so here’s a little playtime between Namir and Lucy when I gave up making the bed, just about 10 years ago.
Lucy thought she had a clever little game of sneaking up on Namir while he patiently sat on the bed and watched all her careful planning. First she leaped under the edge of the bedspread I’d pulled back. I’m sure Namir had no idea!
Then she realized she was in a dead end bedspread! So she turned around…
…and hopped in under the other edge. Pretty smart for a kitten! Of course, Namir still has no idea she’s trying to fool him.
Now it’s all set up! Namir clearly wants to know what the little shadow is under the edge of the covers.
Namir doesn’t move.
Namir still doesn’t make a move. I briefly intervene and lift up the bedspread.
Lucy reaches for him.
No response. Namir, do you see me?
He just doesn’t seem to get it. Lucy has to try a little harder.
Don’t worry, Lucy, Namir’s just fooling with you. He’s like that!
He eventually did get some brotherly “licks” in, but no wrestling match on that day.
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