To be fair, the wonderful woman who agreed to watch our children and Sadie, my niece, brought her third-trimester-pregnant-self along with her four kids over to our house so I could be at the hospital. So she was here with 12 children and a cat who is determined to thwart every attempt at remaining housebound which we have contrived. I did go out for about an hour tonight once things quieted down enough that I realized I was missing Nox to investigate the bushes and shake his Kitty Treats container like a mad-woman. And when I say "missing Nox," I certainly don't mean that I longed for his company. Rather, it finally dawned on my awareness that he was not under my feet tripping me as I tried to move around and complete some tasks before going up to bed.
And so, I must admit that I'm not certain I'm sad he's not here tonight. Obviously, this dashes my Mother of the Year award again this year. But, let's face it, the cat and I have never been on great terms. Perhaps he'll realize I'm not terribly upset by his absence and be waiting on the front step to be let in in the morning. Now that would be classic Nox.