For once I have a quick one and funnily enough this is one I actually don't want to try and rationalize. I want it to be what I think it is.
It was around 7 o'clock this evening (16.02.09). Due to a long day we decided to quickly walk the dog then head straight upstairs to watch a movie and just veg out.
We came in at the same time and as soon as we were in the room we heard a very clear cat's "meow". We did the usual "did you hear that?" confirming that it wasn't just one of ours imagination.
All evening we kept hearing shuffling noises around various corners of the room, ignoring it we settled down to watch my favorite movie when we both heard a weird noise from the other side of the room, like a weight had landed on the floor making it creek. "Ventrilo-farting now are we hun?" and an ensuing "that wasn't me" banter started. We agreed it was weird but ignored it until another noise made us go quiet, a distinct purring sound from the end of my bed and a gentle tugging from the end of the duvet near my feet. This lasted about 30 seconds. We were both more curious then anything at this point so we checked everywhere to make sure that next-door's cat wasn't hiding in my room.
Until a thought struck me and cast my mind back to a cardboard box I had found months ago while searching for Christmas decorations in the loft, and, for nostalgic reasons, had decided to keep downstairs to show my sister. It was full of photos and childhood relics and in particular a sketch I had done memorializing my old cat with the words R.I.P Alfalfasprout (Alfie), I love you, 17th of February 1999.
I was 9 years old at the time he passed. Psychosomatic? Coincidence that its so close? Or was it my beloved Alfie reminding me of the 10th anniversary of his death? (even though he is a tad early)
I admit over the years there have been sparse occasions where I've thought I've caught a glimpse of his black shape briefly sprawled out on the sofa or walking past a door or even sworn I've felt him gently rub against my leg
Well I sure won't be forgetting that date in the future.