Yesterday late in the day, we arrived in the car and momentarily waited on the driveway for the garage door to open, then after driving the car into the garage, I opened the door to alight and get Sousé out of the back seat. Quickly, we made it up the ramp to the laundry room door, the door I looked forward to seeing for the past weeks and smiled because Sousé wiggled anxiously and gave me his gruntled meow to let me know of his impatience. Stepping into the laundry room we both exhaled a giant sigh–we were home!! As we moved into the family room, Sousé meowed, “Migraults!” Knowing better not to tarry, I quickly set him down. He raced at full seal point speed to cross the family room and reach the kitchen, recognizing the track changed from carpeting to slick tile and he knew he was in the last stretch. As Sousé entered the kitchen I paused to make a clumsy, pirouette and before me the wall of glass continued to fuel my serenity through the windows prisms highlighting the primary colored pillows in the room, the colors that my Mother chose to use to make the room as bright and cheerful as possible following her stroke.
Sousé beat me to the far side of the kitchen and sought to find his feeding and water station. Immediately, a loud call from the master sounded……..this time a demanding meowed, “MiNukNot”, which means for me to get down to business. I quickly get him water, not in his water bowl, but another and ask that he be patient because the cat food is in the car. “MarRook,” he answers and I know he has given me limited time to provide him with dinner. If I am not back before his time clock strikes, I know he will tell me he has been waiting long enough for dinner!!
Yes, the little demon was so good in the car (well as good as good can be after he let a little warm drizzle flow while sitting on M’s lap) and waited the last hour without food when I told him he would eat at home and not in the car. As I set the food on the floor, he pushed my hand away and gives me a quick “Guark”, the meow which tells me thank-you. His simple response makes me realize our little cat is as happy as I am to be back in our home, his house, my house,!!
Darkness arrives soon after and reminds me how tired I am. One stair at a time will bring me to the second floor and as I climb the stairs I peer down to look where my Mother should have been. Instead, I see Sousé curled up, with nose under paw, on his love seat sleeping. I bid Momma Good Night and touch my lips to throw a kiss and then continue on to bed. Hastily, I ready the bed and myself to jump in side. As I fall asleep, burrowed deeply under the covers, I think about “Home” and its relationship to humans and pets.
Home is where I belong, where Sousé belongs. It gives me my identity, a locus of security and a point of centering in our world. Home is where I can kick off my shoes, fall on one of the sofas to rest and ignore the doorbell if I wish. This place of “home” surrounds me with memories, freedom, levels of thought and an environment of safety. It is the place that is born of family traditions, of gaiety and sadness, of humor and bittersweet moments.
When I think of it those elements are much the same for Sousé. It is the place he feels the most secure, has his secret hiding places in all the rooms and a stairwell to race up and then down or sit on the balcony and call till I look at him!
Home brings our special likes to mind and often makes us want them again. Home is my Mother’s ravioli, gnocchi and sauce. It is her smile and outstretched arms. It is my understanding of my Mother’s faith in her God and acceptance and curiousity in M’s Jewishness. It is my creativity in unique entertaining that one day you may enjoy and it is my thoughts that you feel when you look at the art on the walls.
Home is the essence of Spring and Summer as you walk through my roses, bend to take a whiff and have a thorn catch you by surprise and so you continue on to an array of wild lilies, miniature apple trees, fresh strawberries, a peach tree and a changing carpet of colors from all the rest of the flowers. It is also to walk the weaving fence of willow and feel their wispy branches move in the breeze and understand the sound you hear is their spirit speaking to you.
Home is everything I want and provides everything Sousé needs!