Months ago, I promised a post a day from September to January 1st. That was about 121 days of posts. I didn’t manage to do them every day, but I did post them all – eventually. For the final six, I thought I’d do one post with a theme.
A lot of my posts over the past year have had to do with Solstice and Wintermuse’s relationship. As of 12/21, Solstice has been with us for 1 year. When he came, there was hissing, puffing, and fighting. There was sleeping in separate rooms, a lot of frustration, some depression, and I thought Wintermuse would never be the same. It took months – way more than anyone ever thought – but she came back to me. It’ll never be like it was when she was an only cat, and I’ll never be able to sleep past 7 AM again, but I love little Solstice, and I am glad he came into our lives. They now have a relationship in which Solstice loves Wintermuse with all his heart, and Wintermuse tolerates him. They fight over who gets to lay with me at night, but somehow they work it out with only a little growling.
Recently, it was cold in our house, and Solstice was in the heated cat bed. Wintermuse wanted to sleep there. If the situation was reversed, Solstice would just bellyflop on Winter and fall asleep, but Wintermuse is more civilized. She licked him, and he stirred but slept on. I saw in her face the grudging realization that if she wanted, she could do what he did – just lay right on top of them, and everyone could be warm in the heated bed.
But she just couldn’t do it. She’s not made that way. Instead, she laid on the heating pad next to the bed, stuck her neck out, and pressed her cold nose into his fur. It wasn’t much, but it was the first time I’ve seen her acknowledge that he might be more than a nuisance. It meant a lot.
(These are all iPhone pics because I ran out of SLR ones. ;))