George has been so busy growing and learning. When Dad is on the road, he is the lone dude. Maggie, Grizelda, and Chloe Jo all nurture him. Since he is still their “baby” brother, they often let him have his way. But, they do wrestle and play together, running through the house like the cavalry. Of course, Mom still babies him when he allows it. He is so sweet and loves to cuddle when he is worn out from playing.
George is a very busy, confident little dude. He is fearless. When he jumps from the cat tree or any surface, he still jumps straight out, rather than down. George goes for speed and distance. He loves to explore, investigate, and try new things. Then he loves to tirelessly practice what he has learned.
Grizelda still plays Tent-Ball with George, but he often practices on his own. He continues to play so hard that he quickly wears out the tents. But, boys will be boys. He enjoys inventing games or creative uses for ordinary items, too. I have a post coming up showing one of his favourite games. It is sometimes hard to capture him in action. But, stay tuned.
These are just some of the things that George has learned...
*George knows that he is very loved. He is sure that someone will always cuddle with him, in between playtime, of course.
*George knows that a basket of clean, warm laundry is a wonderful place to nap.
*George thinks that people eat very strange things, some good, some not so good. While George is interested in food, he has developed pretty good manners when told, “No.” However, he likes any kind of meat and will beg for it. But, he does not like most dairy. He especially thinks fruit yogurt is gross.
*George is not sure what Stella is, just that she is different than he and his sisters, and that she is nothing like Mom and Dad. But he also knows that she loves him and that he loves her, too. He comes when he hears Dad and Stella on the speaker phone.
*George thinks bugs (beetles) are very cool interactive toys...and can also serve as food when playtime is over.
*George is attracted to mirrors. His favourite ones are the mirrored closet doors. He believes they are some strange kind of magic. He likes to watch himself and others in the mirror reflection. George will also run at the mirror, jumping as high as he possibly can. He does run at and jump at walls, too, always going for both speed and height.
*George has many kinds of toys. His favourite (cat) toys are big, colourful plastic springs, and colourful, glittery pom pom balls. He can carry them or throw them around. He really loves balls, including wadded up paper balls. When he hears paper rustle, he comes running. Scattering newspaper is pretty exciting, too.
*George loves all kinds of paper. He has learned that if his usual toys are not available, toilet paper can be a great source of fun. Of course, his sister Chloe Jo taught him this. This was her favourite thing to do as a kitten.
In the middle of the night recently, I went into the bathroom. As I turned on the light, Chloe Jo ran past me at an unusually fast pace. She seemed to be saying, “RUN! It's Mom!” I looked over to see George sitting in a mound of freshly unrolled toilet paper. The new roll was now empty. The look on his face was one of pure joy. He has since repeated this joyful experience several times.
These are just some of the things that George has learned and experienced. As he grows, I will be sharing his fun and games. It has been a while since we had a boy-cat in the family though we have had many over the years. Dad was right, we needed George as much as he needed us. He is a blessing.