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My Wife Waking Me Up In The Middle Of A Deep Sleep

I think our cat Charlotte is throwing up

First I was in the middle of a wonderful dream

Then I suddenly get a jolt of reality

As my eyes try to open

They squint unsuccessfully

My wife repeats

Honey and the rest is still unrecognizable

I slowly try to respond

My body says heck no

Then my mind says you better

So I stretch my legs over to the carpet

My eyes not even close to being open

I walk forward

Walk out into the hallway

Where my mind started to decipher the words I heard a minute ago

Charlotte threw up in the hallway

As I look down our cat Charlotte is standing close by

Looking directly at me and somewhat shocked by what had happened

I quickly grab a tissue from the bathroom and with a sweep of my hand

Her accident is gone

It could have been a fur ball

She sometimes eats too fast

Maybe she has a touch of a cold

If we don't pick it up immediately

We don't know why

But she sniffs it and sometimes tries to eat it

I find that totally gross

It is like she is trying to fix her mistake

The first thing I do is tell her everything is o.k.

I call her over to me

She reluctantly walks away from where she is standing

I pat her and say we love you

Reassuring her and comforting her

This is not how I like to wake up

In the past there has been many versions of this same senerio

Each involving me getting up out of bed

Doing what a husband should do

Taking care of our daughter

She eats only dry food

The brand that she likes has salmon in it

She picks them out

Sometimes she eats them

Then her body must realize

Then comes back with

We don't like that and I am going to prove it to you

These are all my educated guesses

Based on somewhat fact and conjecture

It all sounds reasonable at five-thirty in the morning

That's the best I can do for now

Charlotte goes off in a backroom

I think to hide

We have never yelled at her

So I don't know why?

We got her as a kitten so there can't be anyone else that made her feel anxious either

There has to be something I don't know

A cat instinct

When I do see her

She is shy and timid

Very skidish

I know it may seem crazy

I couldn't make these things up if I tried

Well not having any children

This is the closest I come to a child being sick

All's well that ends well

That is a blast from my past

I heard that line from my parents when I was growing up

With the ease of Google

I found out a little more info

It comes from William Shakespeare's play in the sixteen hundred's

If work that is finished is good than everything is good

Now Charlotte has come out of hiding

She climbed up on the chair by my side

How good is that

We both are together

Back to a new normal

Whatever that may be

I thought wouldn't it be funny if animals had to wear masks too

That would be sad

I don't know why that idea popped into my head

Luckily I can pop it out just as fast

I am going back to bed

To get a few more hours of shut eye

Good night Charlotte

A few more pats on the head and kisses

I am glad you are all better


DREAM ON (author) on December 26, 2020:

Umesh Chandra Bhatt It is always nice to share a thought or two with fellow writers. We all live very different lives but at the same time, we can still have many things in common. Life is so special and wonderful it would be sad not to take the time to write and take a moment to retrace our steps and repeat the best and the worst of our days. In this way, we can poke fun at ourselves for what didn't work and maybe enjoy a good laugh. At the same time remember what was good or even great about different things that we did do and capture those memories on paper to read at a later date. So one day years in the future we may relive through a memory a time that was so special and rewarding in many ways we couldn't of known. Have a beautiful day. May you always enjoy your holidays and special times with family and friends. Thank you so much for sharing and caring.

DREAM ON (author) on December 26, 2020:

Peggy Woods We have read if you put a little vaseline on your finger they lick it off and they are able to pass the fur easier when they go to the bathroom. We tried it now Charlotte goes running when we get a little vaseline out. She licked it off our finger in the beginning now she wants nothing to do with it. I don't want her to be scared. She is wonderful most of the time. Thank you for reading and sharing. I love their cute little personalities. She gets up with me out of bed when I get up early to go to work. In the afternoon when I leave later she lays on the couch and couldn't be bothered to move. I hope your Christmas was fantastic. I had a lovely one even though so different than holidays in the past. With the Covid, everyone is trying to stay safe and not have any large gatherings. We talked on the phone and still send our love. Have a great Saturday.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 25, 2020:

We have picked up many a hairball when we had our cats. We always felt so sorry for them when they had to throw up as your Charlotte did. I hope you got back to sleep. Merry Christmas and Season's Greetings!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on December 25, 2020:

Beautiful composition.

DREAM ON (author) on December 24, 2020:

Ann Carr Charlotte is back to her old self. Sleeping in one place than another. Getting up to eat and wanting to be patted. We spoil her and in return, she spoils us. Giving us unconditional love. With Christmas finally, here all the joy can't be contained. So much of it spread far and wide to England. Wishing you and your family a world of love. Thank you so much for reading and sharing.

Ann Carr from SW England on December 24, 2020:

Oh dear! Poor Charlotte. She is obviously a well-loved and looked after cat. Strange behaviour to go away though. Our dogs used to look sheepish if they'd been ill, as though they felt guilty and were making us sad! Thankfully, it didn't happen often.

Poor you having to drag yourself out of bed to sort it out!

Happy Christmas! I wish you the best for 2021 - it has to be better, doesn't it?


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