Familiar conversations: You came back!

Literata (arrives home after being gone on overnight trip): Hello kitties!

Beatrice: You came back! Good Mama. Went away. Bad Mama! Back. Good Mama.

L: Yes, but it was only for one night. You look like you were fine.

B: Was booooored. Only big kittehs and sister to play wifs. No feets to lay on. No laps! NO LAPS!!!

L (putting things down, petting kitties): Yes, but I bet you sat in my chair and didn’t have me disturb you.

B: Not point. No laps. No tummyrubs! Wants tummyrubs! (floomps over to show tummy)

L (gives tummyrubs): There, there. Tummyrubs!

B: Done wif tummyrubs. Nuffin to chase! Will chase yous! Raar!

L: Um, okay. Ooh, I’m scared!

B: No, Mama, you has to run ‘way to be scared. Den chases.

L: But sister needs pettins, too, and she can’t chase as fast. We has chasins later.

B: No, Mama. Raar! Scawy! See! Fights your feets! Fights, fights!

L: All righty then. Here, fights the ribbon.

B: Fights! Nom, nom, fights!

(five minutes later, L sits down at computer)

B: Ooh, lap! Wants up! (kneads/scratches alternately at my chair and my knee until I pick her up)

L: You can haz ups. Here we go…

(two minutes)

B: Wants downs.

L: You just wanted ups!

B: Wants downs. Gotta go check on big kittehs and annoy sister. Also to get on Daddy lap.

L: Okay, but I’m not going to pick you up again…

(five minutes)

B: Wants ups!

L: You just wanted downs…

B: Wants ups!

L: (sigh) Well, I know you missed me…

B: Mama back, makes laps. For sittins upon.

L: Aww, you love me!

B: Pettins! Purr, purr. Pettins! Moar!

L: Awww. Pettins!

(two minutes of serious cuddles)

B: Sooo glad Mama back. Now can has noms? Gooshy noms?

L: Mercenary.

B: Iz dat big word means time to feed kitteh? Den yehs. Else no.

L: Not ‘zackly.

B: Feed! Purr, purr. Feed! Noms!

L: Right, I know. Nice to be needed, I guess.

B: Later is layin on feets.

L: Taskmistress.

B: Iz big word means kitteh is in charge. Den yehs. Else no.

L: Familiar.

B: Yehs! Zackly.


About Literata

Literata is a Wiccan priestess and writer. She edited Crossing the River: An Anthology in Honor of Sacred Journeys, and her poetry, rituals, and nonfiction have appeared in works such as Mandragora, Unto Herself, and Anointed as well as multiple periodicals. Literata has presented rituals and workshops at Sacred Space conference, Fertile Ground Gathering, and other mid-Atlantic venues. Literata offers healing and divination services as well as customized life-cycle rituals. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in history with the support of her husband and four cats.
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