Hiyu: Where have you been?
Me: I had a class.
Me: I like to learn things.
Kuri: More than you like us?
Me: I love you guys, but sometimes I have to do other things.
Kuri: What’s more important than us?
Me: You can get by without me for a few hours.
Hiyu, Kuri & Loki in chorus: NO WE CAN’T!!!
Hiyu: You need to pet me now.
Loki: I want cuddles.
Kuri: Why would you leave us for a stupid class?
Me: The class I took was very important. You know I volunteer with the Public Health Reserve Corp. http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/preparedness/phreservecorps.aspx
The more I know, the more I can help. Any class I can take helps prepare me for the unexpected.
Loki: How about the expected? Like loving your cats?
The dog looks up at me with her soulful eyes. Arna doesn’t usually talk unless she determines we are under imminent attack. I sit down and gather the ancient dachshund in my lap.
Kuri and Loki climb on. Hiyu finds a perch over my shoulder where he can whisper in my ear. He doesn’t like “puppy” piles.
Me: Happy now?
Kuri looks up at me from where he’s standing on his brother’s head: You owe us some catnip.
Loki: Make the dog move. She’s hogging your lap.
Me: Her name is Arna. You can be nice enough to call her by her name.
Hiyu: Give us some tuna and all will be forgiven.
Kuri & Loki: Yes! Tuna!
Arna: I want tuna too. Please. I love you.
Now they have the dog onboard, and that makes it hard to say no. Oh, well.