Sometime after I have closed the lights and prepare to sleep, my cat arrives. Gigi is her name.
She steps onto my ankle at the bottom of the bed and pauses while she gets her balance.
She slowly walks up my calf, takes a left at my knee and proceeds up my thigh.
There she carefully steps onto my hip and again pauses to gain traction.
She slowly climbs each rib-step arriving at my shoulder and pausing for clarity.
She then steps at an angle past my chin, cheek, and ear, onto the pillow, finally arriving at the "dog/cat go-round in circles eventually settling down to lie down routine."
After she arrives at the optimal position to be able to curl up, while purring she braces her hind legs against my chest to push herself into place, with her head cupped in my half-asleep waiting left hand while my right hand supports her hind legs. Now she is ready for sleep.
Of course, by then I am fully awake but I relish each movement, each moment of her navigated journey towards snuggling in with me which I take as a sign of human/animal communication and exchange of trust and love.
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