Familiar conversations: Are you sleeping?

Beabea: (beside bed) Mama? Are you sleepin?

Literata: (facedown in pillow) mmph

B: (jumps up on bed) Mama! You sleep??

L: (mumble) I was.

B: (climbs up on top of my back) Oh good. Now you ‘wake, you give pettins!

L: Not with you sitting there.

B: (settles down into “loaf” shape squarely in the center of my back) Whyfor not?

L: For because I can’t reach you.

B: (purrs gently) Yehs you can. Right here.

L: My arms don’t bend that way.

B: Silleh hoomins. You should fix!

L: I’ll get right on that.


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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4 Responses to Familiar conversations: Are you sleeping?

  1. Dav says:

    Mine are good about not waking me up, to the point where I will wake from a deep and restful sleep to find a gray tabby on the nighttable, staring at me. When I open my eyes, she’ll trot over to cuddle. It’s very polite, but not all my visitors appreciate the extreme watchfulness.

    • Literata says:

      Cats tend to nominate themselves as supervisors of just about any human effort, I’ve found.

      My older two are good about that, but the younger two, not so much. Beabea’s sister is handicapped (a/k/a The World’s Clumsiest Cat, or Clumsy Cat) and can’t get up on the bed by herself, so she sits and mews to be picked up. In the last few months, she’s gotten better about not doing it in the middle of the night, and now starts her demands at a more reasonable volume and goes away if she doesn’t get an answer after three or four tries.

  2. Sherrian says:

    Were cold, wet noses involved at any point?

    One of my kitties has a nose like a dog, and uses it.

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