Tonight when I was feeding Sunnybud in the sunroom, he stopped eating and laid in my arms for a few moments of quiet bonding. Then as quickly as he'd settled into my embrace, he just as quickly hopped up, grabbed a few more bites to eat, then headed off for his evening retreat...wherever that is.
So often I wonder just what is going on in his feral mind. How can he religiously appear every morning and evening for food and petting, and then just as expectedly disappear around the corner as if I didn't exist? How can he one moment settle to have my husband brush him and the next moment run when hubby moves his foot the wrong way? How can he enjoy the warmth and comfort of all of my winter accommodations one day, then the next sit on the patio in the rain for the entire afternoon and stare at the open door to the sun room?
I guess too often we try to judge our felines by our human instincts when they have instincts of their own. They want the comforts we provide on their terms, not ours. They may try to cover the food we think is best for them. The heated bed we provide may not offer the comfort and warmth we intended. The shelters we provide are overlooked for a bush or shrub near the warm foundation. It's as if they look at us to say "I'm going to do things my way...in my own time." They are probably thinking "Just what is going on in that human head?
Yet somehow we coexist and the bonds that we develop are precious and loyal. Somehow, in the end, we find a way to share the feline/human territory. And at times, we even find that special furry soulmate. Then nobody needs to ask any questions. We just know.
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 91st novel will be released in 2016.
Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens. And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.
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