The intimacy that silence brings is the trademark of the best moments with my cat. He is lying across my legs. I stroke him and whisper gently to him, little loving sounds. He knows what they mean. They reassure him. I comb him and he rubs his cheek against my hand. He sniffs my arm and licks it. He looks up at me then rests his head on my lap. These are the best moments for us.
Here is a quote from John O’Donohue a poet and a philosopher:
“One of the tasks of true friendship is to listen compassionately and creatively to the hidden silences. Often secrets are not revealed in words, they lie concealed in the silence between the words or in the depth of what is unsayable between two people.” (….or a person and a cat! – added by Michael)
Those silent moments, when you feel the warmth and the weight of your cat against you and he feels your reassuring presence are the best moments in the special cat-human relationship.
Sometimes you can simply shut your eyes while he rests against you and soak up the warmth of the moment.
There is a lot of noise and chasing around in our lives. It is good to share some intimate silence together. It pours healing oil over a stressed soul.
This is written with Dee in mind because she was a bit stressed and was tired of reading bad cat news, which I can fully understand. Also it is nice just to write what comes to one’s mind and think of the pleasantness of caring for a cat.