Mylittle furry friend has something wrong with his left eye. Such is the scale of eye problems in his breed that we have had to wait weeks for a specialist to see him. In the meantime, he has to have drops in the eye three timesx a day. Exactly: you try it and still remain persona grata in his life. I fear that the drops have been accomplished more in the breach than the observance but we must hope his beard will equally benefit from whatever the drops contain, having received rather more of them than has his infected eye. It occurs to me to wonder how I should have responded if one of my young had announced one morning that they intended to be a cat opthamologist. It's the kind of profession one needs for a party game: "Guess what I do".
Since I am as yet symptom free my cat can be the invalid in the family. I do wonder if he is aware that all is not well with him but he comports himself with his usual gentle good humour. I am particularly pleased with this current cold snap because he comes to sleep curled up in my curl up which is companionable and reassuring, as you can imagine. It is a strange land, this land of transition. It is something I may well have put to you before. In the past I have noticed it as a condition that crops up when one has left home but is not yet at the new destination. Generally, it is not a comfortable sensation. This time feels different. It is not uncomfortable but even has its moments of humour when it comes to me that it will not be my concern if the President Elect of the USA, when established, continues to turn logic on its head and overturns the goodwill of any state that continues to work and/ or hope for peace among all people. I was, as you may have sensed, going to say "all men", but don't want to risk offending those who have discarded "he" and "she" in favour of well, what exactly? Not that I am against the principle of gender equality, very far from it. It's just that some of the ways and words in use to overcome the sole use of the masculine are so silly as to defeat their purpose. There: Ive said it. That's another condition (plus?) of my being in transition. I find myself saying just what I mean. A dear friend asked me to tell her if there was anything at all I wanted from her. "To see more of you" I told her. A forewardness I would not have considered for one moment ante deluvium or whatever the latin would be for before the knowledge that the end was nigh-ish. Prynhawn da