"Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near perfect method of writing avoidance.”
I have the above quote posted at my desk at home and at my desk at work. It rings true for me.
Often, if I’m lucky, I have company while I write at home. A cat walking across the laptop keys. A cat watching the printer, trying to swat the paper as it comes out. Sudden wrestling matches in the next room that call for my attention. Soft fur against my leg, reminding me of their presence.
These visits from my cats “interrupt” my work. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. The visits remind me that though I work alone, I am not alone. I have beautiful companions who keep me company and who inspire me.
|"Am I in your way, Mama?" ~Connor|
|"What have you been writing |
about me, Mama?" ~Abbey
Abbey and Connor are the ones who most often climb all over the computer and printer. I’ve ended up with quite interesting letters and words on the page because of little paws on the keyboard. I lift the little kitty off the keyboard, give him or her a hug and kiss, and go back to work.
|"Why don't you go ahead and |
print that?" ~Abbey
|"Mama, I have something to tell you |
right now!" ~Connor
Natasha is often nearby, watching, waiting for me to look her way and speak to her or get up and give her real attention.
|"Just sitting here. Waiting patiently. Maybe she can |
feel my eyes bore into her back."~Natasha
Yes, they interrupt me. But I still manage to get work done. And when I return to my work, I do so with a grateful heart.
Note: See the numbers below? Connor decided to take a stroll on the keyboard as I prepared this post. That's what he had to say.
What is a good interruption to your work?