We had a thousand different ways
for calling each other up
from across the room.
None of which involved words.
This little hunter I've nicknamed Artemis has been visiting my studio window every morning for the last month. I get to watch her tease birds, dogs, and squirrels while taking in the sun.
She's a constant reminder of how much I miss my cats.
Relationships with cats work for me and one of the many reasons is because the majority of our emotional connection involves nonverbal communication. I don't know if other introverts feel the same way about animals, but there is such a peacefulness when being with them. We can just be together and rest in the presence of another without talking.
Until this last year of living in their absence, I had never truly appreciated the magnitude of the gift they gave me -- their quiet patience, wisdom, and a language without words.