This week is also the anniversary of adopting Toby, prince among cats, who is living his absolute best life with everyone home right now. Every time I think about what this kitty has meant to me and helped me through, I can only think of my mom saying, “You and he are just really bonded.” Indeed.
(Photo by Doc, the only male Toby will permit to touch his head. What honor!)
Doc surprised me with a portrait of Toby and JUST LOOK AT IT:
I never talked about it here, but about two weeks after Mom died last year, Toby’s ear started to swell. After panic and guilt and some deeply traumatic vet visits, we found out he had a hematoma. We don’t know how he got it and it left permanent damage. I’ve had a hard time looking at his new “cauliflower ear” and not feeling all those feelings again–but this portrait is the first time I think I’ve really accepted it.
I mean, he wouldn’t be Admiral Lord Toby–veteran of the seas, decorated in battle–without it, right?