Tonight is one of those nights when I woke in the wee hours of the morning. I don’t know why it happens, but when it does sometimes there is no going back to sleep. I find that my thoughts go round and round but on nothing specific. Always a good time. When this happens I head down to my office and my computer. When I find myself up at this annoying times I am never alone. I have the company of my two baby boys, Hugo and Toby, my cats.
Growing up I never had true pets until I got in to high school and got my first rabbit. Every time I requested a cat or dog I got fish. Actually, all three of us kids got the same answer when we asked for a puppy. Hilariously we were always told that we were not “responsible” enough to take care of pet. When I think of that answer now I crack up. Some how we kept my parents and each other alive, but we would let a cherished pet die? Really? Any way, I have to say that now that I have pets I can not imagine a life without them. My cats are funny, playful and loving. That last one is the most important one.
For me my first brush with unconditional love was with my Hugo. Hugo is the ruler of our little household and Toby is the crown prince, but I don’t mind as their total acceptance and the comfort I receive make it all worth while. I am met at the door most days by one if not both of the boys. They take turns sitting in my lap. When I am really having a hard time I have constant companionship. In fact, right now I have Toby laying a cross my lap purring his heart out. These two little loves do not judge me and accept me just as I am. They love me with all my faults and never withhold their love. Hugo and Toby remind me daily that I am lovable and not just because I have thumbs and can open cans of food.
If you suffer from depression, anxiety, low self-esteem or any disease and can afford a pet I totally recommend getting one. On days where it seems it is all going wrong and I don’t know how to explain it to my human family, my boys just know that a cuddle and time together can work wonders.
Excuse me while I head back to bed with my purring sleep aid. Nothing better for introduction of sleep than a purring cat.