Monday, April 14, 2008

Laughter, the best medicine!


This is not my cat, my bathtub or even my bathroom. I used this picture to illustrate what my cat did last night as I lay in a steaming tub of water hoping to unblock my sinuses which had been cemented shut for the past several days.

After moping about all day, feeling sorry for myself, working when I had the energy and generally feeling like the world was abusing me in every way possible, I decided enough was enough and ran myself a hot bubble bath.

I love my apartment. Even though when the neighbor children come and go it sounds like a herd of wildabeasts have invaded the building, even though you can't run the microwave and the toaster at the same time without throwing at least one breaker, even though the washing machine spins so out of control that it knocks my pictures off the wall...I love my apartment.

Not only does it have ginormous windows, central heat and air and the quaintest kitchen in the free world (yes, yes, I'll post some pictures eventually...don't nag me!!), it has a REAL BATHTUB. You know the kind...real ceramic. Not the plastic crap they use now-adays, but real old fashioned ceramic. It has molded edges and feels nice to the touch. The water stays warm in it FOREVER and it is long and deep.

That's what I'm talking about...a soaking tub.

I placed my special bath salts (lovingly bought by none other than Wolf, the best son in the universe) in the steeping hot water and watched as the aromatic bath tonic melted in. I inched my sore, tired, achy, strep infected body into the almost too hot to stand water and lay there listening to jazz on xm radio.

I'm not sure how much time passed, but it was awhile. I dozed off and was awaked by the touch of my sweet Emmy cat's soft paw on my arm. Obviously concerned about me, she was sitting on the edge of the bathtub watching me...with her tail in the water. I thought she must not know it's in the water, so I gently removed it and placed it back on the tub edge. Back in the water it went...moving as though it was paddling. I removed it several more times, telling her "cats don't like water, Em"...but she didn't listen and back in the water it went over and over again.

I'd have given my left kidney for an actual photo of Emmy's tail in the water, but alas I was unable to get up to get the camera without disturbing her, so I just sat in the tub and watched her tail swimming in the warm water.

And laugh, oh mercy, did I laugh. I laughed so hard I cried.

It had been awhile since I laughed that way...the last time was in Denver with Wolf. It felt so so good! I could feel myself starting to heal right then and there and sure enough...today I am feeling nearly normal, whatever that is for me...lol!

So thanks to my favorite kitty in the universe, for reminding me to laugh.

20 comments:

Menchie said...

That sounds like a lovely lovely way to unwind.

Your cat is so cute. Animals are so perceptive.

Hilary said...

Glad you're on the mend. I do believe that cats are healers... of sorts.

Anvilcloud said...

That was a great tale ... tail.

threecollie said...

Hey there! Sounds like a pleasant pass time...glad you enjoyed it.

Mary said...

Laurie,

The simplest things in life are things we can't live without. A hot bath and a furry friend, for instance.

Glad you are feeling better! And that you love your apartment. Pictures, please (sorry, I had to say it)

Mary

moos said...

Em must have known that you needed some amusement.

Anonymous said...

I don't know who invented the long, deep, ceramic bathtubs, but he or she deserves knighthood. At the very least...their face carved on Mount Rushmore! Long, hot, bubbly baths are rewards from God.
Cindy

KGMom said...

Awww--Laurie, very sweet. She was concerned about you and was determined to stay close by to make sure you were ok.
And she was just "stirring" the water!

seventh sister said...

ahhh....a soaking tub...sounds wonderful.

Hope you feel better really soon.

Gina said...

That is so funny!

Ur-spo said...

that is one of a cat's job descriptions; I am glad to know you cat is on the ball, as it were.

Ginnie said...

A real tub! What fun. We have had a drought here for over a year and are told to only take showers, but it can't beat a real soak in a real tub.

Q said...

The healing power of cats and laughter.
Glad you are feeling better.
Sherry

Pam said...

Cat's are wonderful, aren't they? We have our new kitty to give us laughing fits.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Alex, the water-phobic cat, always climbs on my chest when I’m soaking in the tub and inevitably dips the tip of his tail in that nasty water. Silly cat!

Alex the Cat said...

Silly humans who sit in water in purpose!

Pink said...

RX = one guffah and two giggles repeat 3x daily for 10 days

refill if necessary

xx
pinks

Dave said...

It is great when we get the message isn't it? Thanks for sharing your story and get well soon.

Squirl said...

I'm sorry you were sick. I love the cat's tail story. :-)

Squirl said...

Oh, I forgot to say how much I enjoy soaking in the bathtub. Sooooo nice.