It’s conference week at Harry and Annie’s school, for the whole district, actually. That means half days and a bit of a scramble for child care. We split these weeks with our friends, and then Alissa and I split our two days. Today was my turn. It took a little help from my mom to bridge a short time that I had to be at work.
It turned out to be a relatively successful day. The kids got fed. Homework got done. We even went out to the park for an hour or so, threw the football, rode scooters and went for a walk in woods before running home and getting the two oldest kids to rehearsal for the kid choir musical at church and me to a parent meeting about said musical.
After we got home, there was a bit of drama. I noticed the front door was ajar. It was clear that we hadn’t been burglarized. Nothing was missing.
Except the cat. We checked all of her normal hiding places, but there was no sign of Merry. Harry looked over her paper work and discovered that she was listed as having been a stray and feral. This was news to us, but it suggested that she had enough survival skills that she might not anchor herself to her new home. Given the number of hours she had before we even discovered the security breach, she could have been long gone.
I’ll spare you the details of the kids’ reactions to the potential that she could be gone.
Finally, in a last effort, I looked a little more closely into the back of our closet, and there she was. There was much rejoicing and many cat cuddles.
All in all, it was a pretty nice day.
Oh, and about that walk in the woods?