They say elephants never forget; I think the same may be true of cats.
A friend of mine recently downsized by moving into the lower level of her own home and renting out the upstairs.
She’s perfectly happy with the arrangement. One of her cats, however, is not.
This cat remembers that he once had the run of the entire house. He still recalls that there was a wonderful place called Upstairs.
Despite having lots of room to roam downstairs, including access to a big backyard, this cat keeps trying to break into the upper level of the house. I’m told he meows plaintively at the connecting door between the two units, and tries to pry it open with his paw.
This cat knows that there’s something missing in his life. Even though Downstairs is perfectly nice, he still feels the ache to be Upstairs once again.
I think many of us know the feeling.
We have an innate sense that this world is not as it should be.
It’s broken in some way: there’s something missing.
Humans seem to have a mysterious longing for a world set right. We ache for it, even though we haven’t experienced it.Read more