When Jessie & The Cat arrived at my apartment Friday, I had more than a few things on my mind. I was frustrated that she had gone and made a major decision without my input. I was concerned about how a pet would affect our relationship. I was terrified that she was going to decide whether to keep The Cat based on something I might say or do. In the end, I think everything has turned out okay.
After her visit Friday night, we both felt better. Communication has that effect, I guess. Although she was relieved that I didn't hate the cat... She said that she still had doubts about keeping it. But she said, to my relief, that those doubts had nothing to do with me. Most of her fears seemed normal -- things like the level of commitment required and the fact that the cat will be around for many years to come. Today, she decided that The Cat will officially remain a member of the family. This is a good thing.
I've always considered myself a dog man. I had a dalmatian when I was a kid and have been waiting ever since to own another dog. But I'd be lying if I said I didn't like this cat. If nothing else, she's entertaining. She has two speeds -- full throttle and park. There's no in between. She goes from darting across the room to unconscious in about a minute's time. As soon as she yawns and stretches after waking up, she's back to darting across the room.
The most fun came Sunday night when The Cat discovered Jessie's stairs. Jessie had left the stairs open to allow The Cat to find them on her own pace. I can't count the number of times she ran past them without a second thought. And then, out of the blue, she stopped one time. She looked around, reached her paw up and realized that there was something else there. The next half hour was spent with her climbing up the stairs and then climbing -- er, tumbling -- back down.
It's easy for life to drift into cruise control. We've seen it all. We've done it all. So, it's fun to watch this kitten explore things -- like stairs -- for the very first time. Discovery is an awesome thing.