Part 1: When Insomnia Is a Good Thing
I’ve battled insomnia most of my life. Exceptions would be graduate school and the Navy. Nowadays, it’s more annoying than debilitating, since I don’t have to work. Once in a while, though, sleepless is rewarded with something special.
A couple nights ago, at around 3:00 a.m., I heard someone in the new “diggie-box” currently in my bathroom. Since Shadow was on the bed with me, I knew Romeo had come out of his hiding spot. When he came out of the bathroom, he looked around, saw the door to the bedroom was open, and decided to go exploring.
A short while later, I too got up for a mug of warm milk to stimulate some melatonin. When Romeo and I passed in the hallway, he didn’t bolt. He came into the living room and then ventured into the kitchen, where I could hear him licking out a can of Friskees. (Gigi loved to lick the can clean, and I got in the habit of putting the empty can on the floor for Kimmi and Shadow.)
Romeo then wandered around a bit, eventually leaving Shadow and me to watch tv (me) and snooze & snore (Shadow). When I went back to bed, Romeo was apparently still checking things out as he wasn’t under the bed.
Sadly, though, he was back under the bed in the morning and stayed there all day and the next. I’d really hoped we’d passed that milestone, but knew it would have to be on his terms, not mine.
Part 2: He’s Out!
This morning, around 7 a.m., I once again heard Romeo in the litter box. When he emerged, it appeared he was heading back to his hiding spot. But when I awoke later, he wasn’t there! I figured he’d gone exploring on his own and found another place to hide. (I have lots of them in my cluttered home.)
When I came down the steps into the living room, there he was, waiting for me! Of course I had to pick him up and snuggle a little. But I didn’t overdo it.
We’ve since had breakfast, gotten acquainted, and now everyone has settled into their sleepy spots. Shadow’s is under the cane rocker (one of the first pieces of furniture I ever bought), and Romeo is in a wicker chair by the huge dining room window. It’s a chair Shadow has used in the past, but he still prefers the rocker, probably because it’s closer to me.
Romeo’s tail isn’t up in the air yet, but it’s still early days. He’s really not going to like Wednesday—vet visit. 😮