The days are longer, the sun is shining into the kids’ window much later. Upstairs is warmer and it’s been harder to get my two little monkeys to mellow out and go to sleep!
Then I began to hear chirping from some very agitated birds just outside the window! As if the cats noise wasn’t enough! Rocco meowed again and again and began to scratch at the screen. We all rushed over to have a look. Rocco was
pretending to be stranded on the roof just below the window and clawing at the screen for us to let him in.
Every so often one would dart down, squawk at him, and then swoop up out of reach again. Sometimes perching on the upper roof to watch his every move. I knew they had a nest under the roof just above the window. Rocco looked helplessly at us from the other side of the screen and meowed again!
I sent the kids back to bed, but took the baby gate off (you know so the kids don’t crawl outside onto the roof! Doesn’t everyone have one?), removed the window fan, and pried the screen off so the cat could come in.
Can’t you picture him rushing in, jumping into my arms, and purring in thankfulness for saving his dear life from two savage little demons?!
Me either. He sat there staring at me and when I reached out for him, he ran to the edge of the roof!
I called and coaxed, but he just sat there and stared. He’s always been a bit skiddish about coming in through any door or opening with someone standing there, so I backed up to give him space. He didn’t budge.
After another minute, I left the room altogether so he couldn’t see me. I heard him clamber in (my cats are not known for their stealth or gracefulness) and saw him dart past me down the hall. I went straight to work getting the screen back up, which proved to be much harder than taking it down!
Finally I had it lined up just right. The kids were on the edge of sleep now and I was trying to be as silent as possible. The screen was almost in place….
Unbelievably, Rocco leaped over my head, through the window, knocking the screen flat onto the roof outside in the process, and sprinted to the edge of the roof!
“Yep, just the cat.” Around here, that’s all you really need to say.
I managed to get that screen back in and went to bed. I heard meowing for quite a while. I put my pillow over my head and tried to sleep. As if I would really go through all that again?!
In the morning he was sitting and waiting, very impatiently, at the front door.