After all these years of having cats, I sometimes just sit back and watch the way they’ve become great companions to us all. This one, Louie, our oldest and most serious alpha cat, shadows my daughters. He sleeps with one of them every night, greets them after school, and finds them wherever they are in the house.
It’s peaceful and comforting. It’s protective and devoted. He requires nothing from us in these moments.
I should be more like a cat.
I wonder if my presence could feel that way in a room. You know that kind of happy and warm feeling you get when a cat chooses you, curls up, and begins purring? I could learn something from the behavior of cats who seem, when they sit by you, to comfort, protect, and simply enjoy being with you.