So I’m laying on my back on the bed this morning doing the stretching exercises that Joe taught me. Near the end of the 15-second hold of each stretch, I notice myself groaning. Yes, they hurt. Not horrifically, but just enough to make me vocalize my discomfort.
My old cat, PIB (Puss In Boots), who I brought to my Mom’s townhouse when I realized that
caring for her would be a more long-term occupation than I’d originally thought, walks delicately over to my stretched self and gazes at me curiously. He starts purring and reaches a white-socked paw out and carefully, gently, touches my cheek. Then he tucks himself into the L-shape made by my head and shoulder, curled up and warm as toast. His purrs are loud in my ear.
I do the rest of my stretches with a goofy smile on my face, my groans reduced to soft grunts, and those only when I forget to breathe deep through the stretch. It’s just incredible, the power our animal brothers and sisters can draw on to ease our distress.
Another lovely gift.
I’m sorry to hear that you’re still hurting. How about heat to relax everything before you start stretching? Or…. oh, I don’t know. I just wish there was something I could do to help. Hang in there.
That is so great. If my husband wasn’t allergic, we would have a cat in a heartbeat. They really are great for ‘de-stressing’.
I need a cat. I’m glad you have one to comfort you through this crap time – and I’m really hoping you feel better soon. 🙂 L
They are wonderful, aren’t they? The other night I got off the phone with my dad and our dog Izzy looked at me and then ran over and snuggled with me. They read us so well.
I want a cat so badly!! But I don’t think I’m settled enough to give it the deserved time and attention, I’m always away here and there.
Glad Puss in Boots gave you some much needed comfort!
Okay, I want a cat with a face like that. Absolutely irresistible and that’s coming from a dog person…ciao
I can totally relate & understand the feeling of that moment….animals are special beings…