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A Seat Of Honor. November 20, 2012

Posted by littlebangtheory in Love and Death.
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Mr. Cat doesn’t spend all that much time here. He lives in Arlington and comes here most weekends, and for most of his Summer Vacation. That he spends here in the country, playing in the barn and out in the garden, lawn and surrounding woods. Thank God he’s street-smart and stays out of Route 2, or he couldn’t roam here without getting flattened.

Well, this week I happen to have the company of Mr. Cat. I’m allergic to the extent that I can’t hold and pet him in the way he wants, but between the involuntary bouts of petting and scratching and hand washing, I try to make him feel welcome.

At night it gets cold here, and when his mommas are here he sleeps with them. But given my allergies,  I try to make him comfortable without inviting him to bed.

Lately I’ve taken to getting the kitchen wood stove borkin’ and pulling an upholstered chair up close enough to be cat-comfy. Mr. Cat wastes little time settling in:

I’m sad to not be able to get physical with Mr. Cat the way he likes, but that feeling is assuaged by believing that he sleeps comfortably in the absence of mammal-to-mammal contact.

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1. littlebangtheory - November 20, 2012

Marjorie, you stealth liker, Thanks. 😉

2. susancrow - November 21, 2012

I spent an entire childhood allergic to most furry beasts, but cats in particular. Thankfully the allergies went away so I’m sure I’d be very comfortable sitting in that lovely spot with Mr. Cat on my lap.

3. susan - November 22, 2012

Ask susancrow how she did it/what happened?

littlebangtheory - November 22, 2012

Generally this either just happens or it just doesn’t – susancrow?

littlebangtheory - November 23, 2012

I’ve looked hard at this, as it affects me dearly. Childhood allergies are sometimes outgrown, but allergies developed later in life (like mine) are generally not. They’re there for the long run, don’t go away on their own, and aren’t responsive to treatment.

If anyone who reads this has other information, I’d be thrilled to hear it.

4. susancrow - November 24, 2012

Yes, that’s what happened to me, Ralph. The chronic asthma I’d suffered from infancy disappeared with puberty (and the fact I really wanted to dance). My husband hasn’t been so lucky but he went from childhood asthma to allergic rhinitis as an adult. Our son also developed asthma as an adult. I’m sorry to know you have these problems too.


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