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Do our critters keep us young?

Whenever I’m asked if I have children, I usually say “My kids have always been furry!”

Animal lovers get that. Non-animal lovers look like they want to recommend a good hair-removal product.

One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that even though I’m getting older, and the old bones don’t quite work the way they used to, I don’t feel the passage of time the way I suspect people with children do. I don’t see the years racing by as I watch little girls and boys growing up, leaving home, and having children of their own.
No one calls me Mom…or Grandma.

My furry “kids” will never go to school. They will never leave the nest, and go off and create lives of their own. Their lives are…and always will be…entwined with mine.
I wonder if my cats talk among themselves about the fact that “mom seems to be slowing down, and isn’t getting the food into the bowls as quickly as she used to.
They like to hang around when I do my floor exercises. I thought it was affection – maybe they just want to be sure I get up again!

I am absolutely certain my 4 cats keep me young…AND they double as hot packs! I’ve got one for the neck, one for the low back and one for each knee.

Now, if I could only figure out how to strap them into place!
Chris

5 Comments

portraitsofanimals
posted on May 20, 2010 Reply

We animal lovers also “speak” another language–non-human communication. I think that keeps us young too–not all those forehead wrinkles from trying to think up the right word!

Marg
posted on May 20, 2010 Reply

Oh that is so true. We also worry about Mom getting up from the floor and to be honest, we worry about her even getting down on the floor and it takes her forever to get the food to us. But she does love us a whole bunch. What else is life for except to feed and take care of us. It is a full time job.
Have a great day.

Chris Davis
posted on May 20, 2010 Reply

I think you’re right, Bernadette -speaking “non-human” is probably a gentler, easier way of communicating. Sounds like a perfect way to stay connected to our “inner child” – and keep those wrinkles at bay!

Chris Davis
posted on May 20, 2010 Reply

I think you’re right, Bernadette. Speaking “non-human” is probably a gentler way of communicating…and it’s certainly more fun! Sounds like a perfect way of staying connected to our “inner child.”

Chris Davis
posted on May 20, 2010 Reply

Marg, I think your kitties are taking very good care of you!

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