I really do love my new office setup. I sat at my desk working today and heard an alarming CLANK from the window sill. Our cat’s tail had whacked the ceramic salad plate that holds one of my plants. I peeked over my computer monitor — since my desk now faces the window — to see what was going on. Tootsie was crouched in the sill, tail swishing, haunches quivering, watching leaves scuttle across the ground through the open window.
From my desk, I looked to the other window that’s just outside my office door to see our other cat, Tubbles, swishing her tail, her body alert and in the exact same crouch as Tootsie’s, watching leaves in the breeze.
They (the cats) trembled with excitement. I don’t know what it is about leaves. They go wild for them. In the fall, when the oak leaves are coppery and dry, and they land with their little leaf feet and then walk and skitter across the porch or gravel when the breeze pushes them, the cats just want to burst. I had to move my plants out of the window sill so Tootsie wouldn’t knock our nice salad plate on the floor. She kept jittering forward, then she’d back off, then she’d chitter in her little cat chirp and scoot forward again til her nose was against the screen.
I’ve been trying to notice delights every day, and watching our cats watch leaves was definitely a delight for today.