This week, with a houseguest, visitors, a travel-inhibiting snowfall, and Valentine’s Day, the focus was on the home front. So this photo of daily home life is my capture for the sixth week of Focus 2010.
Here are two of my favorite beings in the whole world, and it makes me smile to see them so happy together in our home. What you cannot tell from the picture is that Leo is purring like mad and attempting to “make bread,” as we call it when he kneads any available surface to show his great, feline pleasure.
When Leo first met F., he (Leo) was a spoiled, pampered, indoor-only kitty securely enveloped by the overprotective love of three mommies. Leo quickly figured out that F. was a kindred spirit who understood his need to play and explore and be more active, to rough-house and run, who replaced parts of his diet with real meat instead of processed cat food heavy on the corn and additives, and who encouraged him to hang out in high places — such as around F.’s neck, a now nightly ritual.
Upon our move into the woods, F. undertook a campaign to talk me into letting Leo roam outside, and I finally agreed since we are in a much less dangerous setting than Midtown Atlanta. It’s a compromise, really, since he still could be hurt anywhere, and the forest is not exactly safe; is it? Yet I do believe he’s a happier kitty now, with much more stimuli and excitement.
And how could I deny another creature the contact with nature which so enriches my daily life and fills my heart with joy?
F. delighted in Leo’s recovery of parts of his wilder nature and praised him for bringing back his various prey, even while shielding me from the worst of the corpses delivered to the front door as special gifts. Even though the gifts are not to my taste, I know that Leo likes reciprocating as he is able, and I have been most appreciative of his deterrent effect in the garden.
It’s worked out well for everyone, really.
[Originally published at Victory Garden Redux on February 15th, 2010.]