We're traveling during the week of July 4th - going to see family - and that means leaving the kitty home alone.
This morning Otto said "Mom, I think we need to have some rules for the pet sitter about what Charlie can and can't do."
"Charlie's coming with us" I said, "we're putting his crate in the back of my car."
"Oh! Well, then, Lilly can do whatever she wants!" he said.
"Are you worried about Lilly being here alone?" He shrugged. "The pet sitter will visit and play with her and make sure she has food and water, and she'll be just fine."
He thought about that for a moment. "Maybe I should be a pet sitter someday."
"I think that's a great idea." I had to grin, totally able to imagine him as an entrepreneurial 10 or 11 year old with a roster of 4-legged clients up and down our street.
Later I found him snuggling with Lilly, giving her some extra attention, which she was soaking up with great complacency. He's protective of her, which is very sweet to see. He tolerates Charlie for the most part, but is quick to rescue Lilly if the puppy is after her. He was obviously worried that the pup might get away with mouthing and chasing the kitty if we aren't home.
Annabel, on the other hand, isn't worried at all. She's just ready to get on the road. Wednesday night I walked into her room to find a pile of clothes on the floor. "What's this?" I asked. "Oh, I'm packing for grandma's house," she said. "Are we leaving tomorrow?"
Her packing pile included a couple of dresses, her butterfly swimsuit, and dolls. I asked her about underwear and socks, and she giggled because she'd forgotten those things. She wants to bring ALL her dolls, because if she brings just one doll, that doll will miss all her friends. And everyone likes field trips! The fact that my car isn't big enough for the whole gang is not a deterrant.
BTW - today is Sophie-the-doll's birthday, and Bel has requested cupcakes for her. And a small party.
So, one of my tasks is to see if I can get her to narrow down the doll selection. I brought home a pile of books and DVDs from the library for in-car entertainment, and I need to clean my car out and get everything organized for the trip. And we are going to get the house clean, the laundry put away, and the yard mown before we leave -- both so that the pet sitter isn't apalled at our heathenish ways, and so that we come home to a clean, organized house, ready for the leap back into real life.
Real life... ppbbbbttt. For the next week or so, real life can take a hike. Bel asked tonight if I would eat dinner with them tomorrow and the next day, and I said yes! I will eat dinner with you every night during vacation! And she cheered. And then I felt bad that I miss dinner so often thanks to work.
Hopefully extra trips to the water park can help make up for that.