the house is quiet this morning.
except for the animal children.
gandie was out alone last night.
something that really stresses me.
there are tom cats in the neighborhood.
and they are mean.
they have fought with her before.
mattie and i were out in the dark with a
flashlight last night,
but we couldn't find her.
couldn't hear her little bell around her neck.
mattie saw her this morning.
(she always has a break away one on.)
no obvious signs of a fight.
she went quickly to the couch to sleep.
after having a bite to eat.
blue this morning is acting
the part of the concerned
he is very curious of the
new scent that sister has.
he is following her around
making noises at her.
she is not ready to tell him her tale
of the night.
she had taken her place among the silver king.
her favorite place.
to sit and watch the birds
at the feeder.
will she think about her night alone.
will she think about why it was dark
and there was no one to let her in.
will she remember hearing her name
being called in the dark by her
big human brother...was
it really him...
or was she too far away to recognize his voice.
they become a fiber of our lives.
concern for her was very real.
when i saw her this morning.
curled up on a blanket.
on the couch.
i was relieved.
she rolled over so i could rub her belly.
i believe i am forgiven.
for letting her be in the dark.
i bend down close to her ear.
i tell her i will try .
to not let it happen
i hope she will remember...
just how much she is loved.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.