My cat right now is chasing a guitar pick around the living room like it’s the best toy, ever. Like, it’s on the run from him and he’s totally not going to let it get away.
I’m pretty sure its the first thing to bring a genuine smile to my face since about 8:00am yesterday.
Of course.. it follows him knocking over a vase freshly filled with water to get a drink.
Which makes me smile, too.
Now that I’ve cleaned up the water, anyway. Because it’s my own damn fault he knocked it over. I knew he was thirsty. He had been looking for something for probably the past ten minutes. I could hear him checking the shower for any residual drops. I was folding clothes. He came and looked at me. I asked if he could give me a few minutes.
He went to the dog dish. Nothing there. I’m still folding clothes. I hear the vase go. He always goes for the flower vase when I don’t respond quick enough or there are no other options.
I pick up the hydrangeas off the floor..
I pause, before placing them back in the vase. Go and get some more water.
And put them back on the table.
I tend to buy myself flowers when I need a pick me up. Or, just because.
Today, I needed the pick me up.
Oh the irony, I think to myself. The cat knocks the vase over because he needs something. Something I didn’t get him immediately. A bit drastic? Perhaps. But it reminds me of my day. When you wait too long to address a situation, it can easily get out of hand.
I received a text Monday morning from the Cowboy about 25 minutes after he hit the road to head home to South Dakota.
“Please call when you drop (daughter) off, need to talk” states the text.
We had just had 48 hours of pretty much nothing but time to talk. Time in the car. Hours. Together with nothing to do but talk. We had some really fun, wonderful conversations. So much so in fact, I pointed it out specifically after one very animated chat about shows we each used to watch when we were kids.
“My brothers and I used to not get out of the car unless we could go through the windows,” said the Cowboy. “Dukes of Hazard. Did you watch that one? We loved that show.”
He shared some more ridiculously fun and fond memories about times he and his brothers did some crazy things to be like the Duke boys..
“These are really great conversations,” I honestly said to the Cowboy on our return trip Sunday from Chicago. “Have you ever been able to talk to someone like this?” I ask.
“No,” he said smiling. “I haven’t.”
I even took a few notes because they are conversations worth journaling. Internally I’m thinking, how can we make sure we always continue to talk like this? To keep learning from each other?
‘Need to talk.’
I hear this and think, oh no.. what’s happened. There is so much going on right now. So many moving parts in both our lives. The Cowboy has a big day back home, Tuesday. Monday was a prep day. And here I was concerned it was something in regard to ‘said’ meeting. Or the kids. Something is horribly wrong. Someone’s been hurt or is sick.
‘I want to ask you about some texts I saw on your phone,’ says the Cowboy.
Besides the whole host of things that might need to be discussed here ..
And mind you, I leave my phone lying around with no concerns about anything anyone might see on my phone because I have nothing to hide…
This all started Saturday morning …
It is now Monday. And he’s left, on his way home.
I struggled with what to write, if anything at all tonight/today. Because quite honestly, I’m still baffled about the entire situation. But more importantly, the Cowboy has enough on his plate and the last thing I ever want to do is upset him or distract him from major life tasks that are imminent and need his focus.
I’m also wondering if stress isn’t playing a major role in any and all issues we’re having right now versus actual problems.
So I’m leaving it at this .. for now.
There are lessons, always, to be learned in our every day. And there are stories and wisdom I wish my mother were still alive to hand down to me. From simple things like how she made such awesome rosettes for instance .. to the complex. Relationships. Marriage. Finances. Friends. Dreams. Even cats. (Yes, even cats. I’m sure they fit in here, somewhere.)
I feel strongly the situation that has unfolded the past 24 hours specifically holds a lot of food for thought for my daughter, as she gets older and will undoubtedly face similar situations. So I will figure out how to tactfully write about what has transpired. Just not now.
Much like the vase tipped this morning.. and the gush of water and flowers on the floor .. some things become bigger messes than they ever need to be. Or are worth being. Because attention wasn’t given at the right time. Or to the right thing. Sometimes, it can be as simple as someone/something wanting to make a mess. But usually there’s a deeper cause. Whatever the case .. in the wee hours of the morning as I write this: I’m not sure how the Cowboy is. I want nothing but good things for him and us however .. so we shall see how well we navigate this road. But the cat .. the cat is the only thing at the moment, I feel I can appease. And because he let me know very swiftly there was an issue..
There is now water in every dish.
A content cat on the sofa sleeping.
And a guitar pick that can rest.
I’m off to try and do the same.