Whenever we return home from a trip, there is a note for us on the counter from our cat sitter. The above passage is from the latest note. I like to take everything she writes literally, allowing me to imagine our cat sitter having a thoughtful dialogue with our three-year-old tabby cat. 

My favorite note, from a few years back, includes this beautiful prose, "They have been eating so well and playing up a storm and have really been remarkably good kitties thruout. You would be very pleased and proud and I tell them so daily. I tell you, I don't know which one to pick up and cuddle with and kiss first. You can really eat them up."